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.
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609 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:00:44
624 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:14:31
632 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:19:08
On a freebie, too? Well worth a punt.
633 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:21:00
635 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:20:31
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.
638 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:29:16
645 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:38:19
648 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:46:18
We also got Jags from a relegated team (Sheff. Utd in 2007), and he's not been too shoddy, eh ?
658 Posted 06/06/2013 at 20:54:54
665 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:09:36
If its him then no thanks.
666 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:11:00
668 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:14:00
669 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:19:19
675 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:17:40
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
676 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:27:41
677 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:29:33
680 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:28:35
682 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:39:11
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.
685 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:47:51
687 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:44:24
688 Posted 06/06/2013 at 21:36:50
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.."
709 Posted 06/06/2013 at 22:06:13
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?)
750 Posted 06/06/2013 at 23:07:20
Other than that, your list pretty much covers it.
807 Posted 07/06/2013 at 03:22:49
855 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:53:35
869 Posted 07/06/2013 at 08:47:09
870 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:37:33
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.
875 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:41:24
877 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:50:15
878 Posted 07/06/2013 at 09:53:04
036 Posted 07/06/2013 at 19:13:42
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)
153 Posted 08/06/2013 at 02:43:36
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