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Cuco Martina 15

Although Ronald Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh would embark on a record-breaking spending spree in the summer of 2017, there was still scope for picking up a free agent where one was available which led the Dutch manager to a former player in the form of Cuco Martina.

The then 27-year-old, who was brought by Koeman to Southampton, signed a three-year deal with the Blues. Able to play at right full back or centre-half, the Curaçao international promised to add depth and versatility to the back line as Everton look ahead to what they hope will be an extended European campaign alongside their domestic commitments.

“Cuco Martina is an experienced player who can perform in different positions at the back, which is important,” Koeman told at the time. “It's also important, with the number of games we will face in the coming campaign, that we have strength and competition in the squad.

“I brought the player to Southampton, so I know what he can do for us here and this is why I've now brought him to Everton. He is a player who will strengthen our squad and be able to play in different positions when that's needed, too.”

Martina started his career at Feyenoord and played in Holland under assistant manager Erwin Koeman at RKC Waalwijk before moving on the FC Twente.

He told the official site about how he excited he is to join a big club and how he hopes to help the Blues this season.

“Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I'm really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season,” Martina said. "You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something and the players we are bringing certainly show this.”

But a number of those Everton fans were less-than-appreciative, claiming that Martina's arrival would deny the chance for Jonjoe Kenny to progress into the senior squad, some of them emphasizing his acquisition as a free agent, amid a deluge of high-priced arrivals.

And while Martina would go on to lend credence to those fears with some shaky early displays, he would eventually be called upon for an extended spell as an emergency left-back when Leighton Baines suffered a calf injury in the autumn of 2017 that would sideline him well into the New Year.

The Rotterdam-born defender formed an important part of a defence that was realigned and re-settled by Koeman's replacement, Sam Allardyce, as Everton pulled away from the relegation zone and back into the top half of the table.


Squad number 15
Position Right-Back
Nationality Curaçao
Born Rotterdam
Date of birth 25 September 1989
Height 6' 1"  (1.85m)
Joined 17 July 2017
Joined from Southampton
Signed by Ronald Koeman
Transfer fee Free Agent
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut v Ruzomberok (H)
27 July 2017
Previous Clubs Southampton
Jong Twente
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2017-18 15 20 (1) 0 7 (0) 0 27 (1) 0
  Totals 20 (1) 0 7 (0) 0 27 (1) 0

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2011-13 RKC Waalwijk 51 (2) & 4 (0) 1 & 0
2013-15 FC Twente 41 (7) 1
2015-17 Southampton 17 (7) & 12 (0) 1 & 0

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