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Martinez lining up Alcaraz

06/06/2013 | Comments (34)
Antolin Alcaraz is being tipped to become Roberto Martinez's first acquisition as Everton manager.

The 30 year-old defender is out of contract at Martinez's former club, Wigan, and could make the switch to Goodison Park on a free transfer to provide cover for Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

Speculation persists that John Heitinga, who has a year remaining on his contract and could therefore walk away from Everton for nothing next summer, is unlikely to remain with the Blues beyond the forthcoming transfer window.

Original Source: Liverpool Daily Post  Rumour source ranking:
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Kristian Boyce
609 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:00:44
Great a defender who's team couldn't really defend
David Nicholls
624 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:14:31
He's not outstanding but isn't terrible. Believe he tended to be injured when Wigan's defending was at its worst. The reason I'd be tempted is he is free, and wont be on huge wages. If Heitinga leaves we can get Alcaraz on a free, use Duffy as third choice and Alcaraz fourth, and reinvest the Heitinga money elsewhere. We have a tiny squad, so players on frees shouldn't be sniffed at
Lee Baines
632 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:19:08
From what I've seen, he's a half-decent centre-back. Towering presence in the air, whilst not being blessed with pace. I think he's at least as good as Jonny 5, who's not impressed me at all over the last 12-18 months - at times, his defending has left me scratching my head wondering how he ever captained one of the World Cup finalists!

On a freebie, too? Well worth a punt.

Colin Glassar
633 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:21:00
Alcatraz will be used for cover for Jags, Distin and Duffy who will be our three first choice CB's.
James Elworthy
635 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:20:31
I would drive Heitinga all the way to Fenerbahce myself if it meant getting rid of him.
Possibly Duffy will finally be given a chance. He deserved his chance ahead of Heitinga but not given it.
I don't know very much about Alcaraz to pass comment.
John Shepherd
638 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:29:16
We did get Distin who played for a relegated team and he was I think slightly older.
Paul Ellam
645 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:38:19
Well he's free so I guess that ticks one box!
Peter Askins
648 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:46:18
John @ 638

We also got Jags from a relegated team (Sheff. Utd in 2007), and he's not been too shoddy, eh ?

Chris Corn
658 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:54:54
Jags actually relegated Sheffield Utd with an inexplicable handball . Unsy scored the pen to keep Wigan up if memory serves me correct.
John Francis
665 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:09:36
Is this not the guy who copped a ban for gobbin in someones face not long after making his debut for the pie eaters?.
If its him then no thanks.
Im out.
Phil Sammon
666 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:11:00
One thing that people fail to notice is that Jags, Distin and Duffy are quite possibly the three worst ball playing centre backs in the league. How will that one pan out with Mr Martinez at the helm?
Gavin Ramejkis
668 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:14:00
He's bloody 30, Duffy is 9 years younger a no brainer we have a player already
Patrick Murphy
669 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:19:19
Leroy Fer has just scored what looks like the winner for the Dutch u21s against Germany.
Mark Frere
675 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:17:40
I don't think they're the worst in the league, they like to hoof it a lot that's for sure. I'm a bit of a purest when it comes to CB, just like to see them do the basics well.

Remember the famous back 4 at Arsenal, not greatest footballers in the world but boy could they defend and keep clean sheets.

I don't actually know what martinez will be expecting from his CBs, just hope its more about good defending rather then good passing, although its always a bonus to have defenders who can play a bit aswell

Mark Frere
676 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:27:41
Sorry, that post was to Phil Sammon
Kevin Day
677 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:29:33
God no!
Ian Bennett
680 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:28:35
Patrick - he looked very dangerous in the air, typical Moyes midfielder.
Patrick Murphy
682 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:39:11
That dodgy leg doesn't seem to be hindering him though does it?. He may well end up playing for Moyes though.
Phil Sammon
683 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:38:40

Yeah, I like my defenders to be able to defend first and foremost. Jags and Distin do this capably but when they try pass it between each other there is a real sense of an accident waiting to happen. And Duffy makes Jags look like Beckenbauer. Don't get me wrong, I like all three, I just hope they fit in.

Dave Paul
685 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:47:51
I think it would be a good signing - whenever ive seen him hes been by far the best defender for wigan but hes actually looked good anyway. Id rather get him for nish and spend money for creative players. We would have 4 (with duffy)players then for the 2/3 centre back positions.
Mark Frere
687 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:44:24
Phil, the thing what has always annoyed me about Distin and Jags is their hopeless long hoofs up the pitch, I used to think why doesn't Moyes just tell them to pass the ball simply to midfielders in front of them, let players with more ability initiate play.

Eugene Ruane
688 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:36:50
"Antolin Alcaraz is being tipped to become Roberto Martinez's first acquisition as Everton manager".

Shouldn't the first question (from everyone) be "tipped' by WHO?"

Same kind of applies to 'speculation persists' - from who?

Not telling anyone what to do, but would suggest the next couple of months will be less stressful if you take a large pinch of salt when reading newspaper articles containing..

"An insider stated.."

"Friends close to.."

"A confidant of.."

"If rumours are to be believed.."

"It is believed.."

"It is thought.."

"Back-room staff believe.."

"Sources close to.."

"Those closest to.."

"It is thought that friends close to a confidant of backroom staff believe.."


John Shepherd
709 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:06:13
Spot on, Peter.

When it comes to a player's value it used to be striker most expensive; then MF, then CB, then GK. Moyes did well finding a decent back 3 or 4 but we are still undecided on the right – need a consistent season from Coleman but he got them pretty cheap and I suppose you can add Lescott to that list.

The point I'm trying to make is they don't have to be world class at the back (although it does help). As long as you're of a certain size and can defend, you're half-way there (this hole's getting bigger...) so, when a freebie comes along to add competition, then we should snap him up and use his strengths.

Heitinga last season was out-muscled (and out-thought) by a few, we could've done with an half-decent freebie against Villa, that's for sure. No offence to anyone who plays/played CB, I'm sure you're all talented people in your own right. (Where's me spade gone?)

Jamie Sweet
750 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:07:20
Eugene - you forgot to mention "Reports on suggest....."

Other than that, your list pretty much covers it.

Peter Thistle
807 Posted 07/06/2013 at 03:22:49
30 is too old, we already have an ancient squad. Sign a 21 yr old or something or we'll end up fooked when they oldies retire.
Alan Ross
855 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:53:35
Speculation yet again, thankfully. Wouldn't want him. Not good enough for Everton. Good in parts and dire in others which seems to be the majority of the time.
Rob Dolby
869 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:47:09
i would only have james Mcarthy from the pie eaters the others are not worth a carrott
Roberto Birquet
870 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:37:33
Gavin 668
Three CBs are not enough for a premier league team. We need to replace Heitinga, though a'd prefer someone younger, and unfortunately, a Moyes choice rather than a Martinez choice.
Adam Luszniak
875 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:41:24
Undecided on the right? Lets face it it the choice is Hibbo or Coleman? Coleman's season has been excellent. Ok yes in the early days he made a few mistakes, gave away a few fouls, but wasn't this his first proper season as a right back? He only improved as the season went on, going past proven PL defenders and improving his crossing until it started to rival Baines,' and he capped it with an imperious display at international level earning man of the match. I'll be honest, i'm fully decided on Coleman.
Sam Hoare
877 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:50:15
If he's free, doesn't want big wages and Roberto rates him then why not. Will presumably only be for CB cover if heitinga is leaving.
Ciaran Duff
878 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:53:04
If he is useful, why did Wigan/Martinez let his contract run down? Its not like they are flush with defenders.
Ross Edwards
036 Posted 07/06/2013 at 19:13:42
Alcaraz? For even more security at the back, we should also sign Guintanimo as well...
Brian Cleveland
066 Posted 07/06/2013 at 19:59:03

I can come on a free too. I'm only 51 and I speak Spanish so I can interact with the manager in his language.... where do I sign on?

Just because someone is free, doesn't mean it is necessarily worth it.... there is still a signing on fee and of course their wages.... but of course it has to be considered, just don't take them ONLY because they are free.

Whilst we need a few more players (which Martinez has acknowledged) I don't want to see us filled out with dross just to get numbers. Martinez actually said we have a great youth system and I think he is looking forward to trying out some of the youngsters, maybe some of them will become our squad fillers with a real possibility of breaking into the team... perhaps we'll see whether Moyes' lack of confidence in them was justified or not. It seems in the last few months Stubbs got them playing quite well together,... the likes of McAleny, Lundstrum, etc... look like they may merit a little more attention? (apart from the obvious choices of Barkley and Duffy)

Thomas Williams
153 Posted 08/06/2013 at 02:43:36
Go and get Lescott back, only one worth considering at WIgan is McCarthy, and even he would only be back up to Gibson imo, McManaman got rave reviews in the final, yes he did beat people for fun, but not 1 final ball reached it's target, that is why we got rid of him, I would imagine.

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