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Martinez quashes Eto'o speculation

by | 12/01/2015  Comments (32)  jump
Boss provides transfer and injury updates

Roberto Martinez has moved to dampen rumours of Samuel Eto'o's potential return to Italy this month, telling reporters today that Everton have not had any conversations with potential buyers regarding the Cameroonian.

Media reports over the weekend had suggested that Eto'o was set to join Sampdoria, with Mail Online going as far as to say the striker had been offered 1.7m a season by the Serie A club while other outlets claimed interest from Valencia.

Martinez rejected the speculation, though, saying that, "there's always a lot of speculation but we haven't been contacted and we've had no conversations at all.

"At the moment Samuel is working really well and is always a really strong influence in the day-to-day work, and there is nothing to comment on really."

He also insisted that the club will "not be selling its biggest assets" this month and that includes Seamus Coleman who continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

"I have said before that we are in a position where all that matters is to get good momentum in the league and be as strong as we can in the cups," the Catalan explained.

"We are not entertaining that speculation of big sales. We are not going to sell our big assets in the window, so I think all those stories and admiration from the outside are just a waste of time."

The Blues' manager said that Tim Howard is still five to seven weeks away from being able to return and he confirmed that enquiries have been over a new goalkeeper but there is "nothing conclusive" in that regard. Martinez rejected claims that has made an approach for Cardiff City's David Marshall whose withdrawal from his club's match on Saturday fuelled speculation that he was preparing for a move.

Meanwhile, Darron Gibson is going through what his manager described as a "mini pre-season" as he works to get back to full fitness again.

The midfielder's latest attempt to return to regular first-team action broke down on international duty when he felt pain in his knee in the Euro2016 qualifier against Scotland last year.

Martinez did not provide a timescale for his return but explained that he has no new injury worries for the cup replay at Upton Park tomorrow and that in addition to Conor McAleny, who is fit again, he will have the same squad from which to choose.  

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 12/01/2015 at 16:49:07
Very pleased that we donÂ’t want to ditch EtoÂ’o.

He may have drifted lately in terms of performance but heÂ’s still had and hopefully will have a say in helping the team out.

IÂ’d keep him on until the summer.

Jay Harris
4 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:03:10
Really concerned about the GK issue.

We have had time to consider options and we undoubtedly need a top quality keeper to replace TH in the medium to long term so I would have expected more urgency than "If we donÂ’t find someone we will have to hope that youth develops a bit quicker".

Tony Hill
5 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:10:09
Well thatÂ’s clear enough about Seamus and any other of the headline names. Quite emphatic by RobertoÂ’s standards. LetÂ’s hope he starts to express things more firmly - it would make a big difference I think.
Will Firstbrook
6 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:19:53
Not expecting a new keeper in the window unless Robles goes down. Prices for purported replacement targets are grossly inflated. That business will be sorted in the summer taking into consideration HowardÂ’s position goin-forward.

At least Gibson is getting pre-season training - more than the rest of the squad got!!

Bill Gall
7 Posted 12/01/2015 at 17:39:37
Great to hear from the manager that he will not be selling the club's biggest assets this month... and I just hope that the one-man band (the chairman) is also in the same frame of mind.
Les Newsham
8 Posted 12/01/2015 at 18:19:06
Roberto talked of not selling our assets in January, but does this leave the door open for loaning out the likes of EtoÂ’o to Sampdoria?
Kieran Riding
9 Posted 12/01/2015 at 18:22:38
Hardly think this "Quashes" the EtoÂ’o speculation myself.
More hopeful of keeping Seamus for a bit longer now though.
Tom Cuffe
10 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:01:08
If thereÂ’s a sniff of interest, let him off, cause the way heÂ’s played lately, Maidstone wonÂ’t want him come the summer.
Kieran Riding
12 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:13:19
Sampdoria meeting with EtoÂ’s representatives tonight, after Roberto says nothingÂ’s happening ?

Surely not ?

Darren Hind
14 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:34:13
ItÂ’d lighten the wage bill, Andy.
Denis Richardson
15 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:41:57
So Eto'o's off then as I don't think Martinez would consider him 'one of our biggest assets'! I presume Eto'o will be going in the next couple of weeks and with 㿞k/week wages freed up we'll sign someone else, probably Marshall as predicted.

TH was supposed to be out for 4-6 weeks... 2 weeks ago. Now we're told he won't be back for another 5-7 weeks. So basically the guy's out until March. That suddenly makes getting another GK a higher priority than getting a decent winger. However, I'd look to bring in an old experienced GK who's kicking his heals on a bench somewhere (Friedal from Spurs?) and wait until the summer to get a proper long term replacement for TH.

Given Robles a proper chance to stake a claim and use the 㿞k/week to get a decent winger in this month.

Kunal Desai
16 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:45:00
Andy - I really don't think a club like Everton can afford to have players continuously injured long-term. I accept that players get injured and work on a longer rehabilitation programme to regain full fitness and ensure they are completely free of that injury but with Gibson it's a complete joke. The club should reach an agreement with compensation on the remainder of his contract and let him go. We all know that won't happen. Everton are a safe haven that way.
Denis Richardson
17 Posted 12/01/2015 at 19:58:47
Kunal - most of a players wages when injured are covered by insurance (obviously premiums payable for a player with a history of being injured are going to be higher, assuming you can even get insurance for someone like Gibbo...).

Still its a valid point. It's a waste of a space in the squad and gives us nothing. He's been injured for so long now that if he hasn't made a meaningful recovery by the end of the season, I agree, the club should look to just reach a deal and move on. Even if his wages are insured for injury, it prevents the manager from signing someone else who'll contribute.

Everton in their wisdom however gave him a looooonnngggg contract when he arrived and it's still got another season after this one to run. Apparently he's made just 9 appearances since August 2013 and a total of 50 in the 3 seasons he's been with us so far....

It's beyond a joke now although I'd love to have a fit Gibson in our MF.

Distin, Alcaraz and Gibson should all be moved off the wage bill come the summer.

Peter Laing
18 Posted 12/01/2015 at 20:17:43
Gibson was crocked when we signed him from Man United hence the cut-price 𧶲,000 deal, probably another Rooney payment or other for an England cap. He's spent the last two seasons in the treatment room and his knees seem to be made of glass.

Roberto has got to do done serious squad pruning in the summer and I wouldn't be to bothered to see the back of Gibson, Alcaraz, Pienaar, Distin, Eto'o, Atsu which would cut the wage bill by around 𧶀,000 per week.

Jim Hardin
19 Posted 12/01/2015 at 20:45:41
I would like Everton to make a run at Friedel for a short-term fix but given THÂ’s comments about him blocking HowardÂ’s initial attempts at securing a work visa and FriedelÂ’s responses, it would likely cause more trouble than anything. What about Man UtdÂ’s now 3d keeper, Lindegaard? National team GK and not bad when I have seen him play.
Andy McLawrence
20 Posted 12/01/2015 at 21:05:42
Anyone recommend a good hotel near airport? Coming over from Ulster for the West Brom match next Monday.
Russell Smith
21 Posted 12/01/2015 at 23:05:23
Now Kone is fit we have cover for Lakaku so Eto'o, who we thought was brought in as a cover for our lack of fit strikers, is probably surplus. Apart from a few cameo appearances he has not made the impact we thought he would and I think he only confuses things further when he is included as a winger or midfield player as he does not have the pace or stamina to play either role fully.

Martinez will then have one less square peg to shoehorn into a round hole. He has been a world class player, has being the oppropriate word. Let him go and use the saved wages assist in buying Marshall and hopefully Delboy.

Steve Alderson
22 Posted 12/01/2015 at 23:13:57
Eto'o is not as young as he was but he is still the only world class player to have played for us for a while.
Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 12/01/2015 at 23:28:40
How many games has Gibson played in the Premier League in his career? Over to you Patrick.
Neil Wood
24 Posted 12/01/2015 at 23:36:06
Del Boy HAS to be brought in it's a must buy.
Harold Matthews
26 Posted 13/01/2015 at 01:15:53
I've never been a big Gibson fan but the lad is a leader who knows how to move the ball forward and is a very strong in the air.
John Zapa
27 Posted 13/01/2015 at 03:31:30
The reality is that the club HAS to sell big names, and for the selling club there is better value selling in the Jan window as the buyers are more desperate.

As a result of the expected poor league finish, the club will earn around 5-10 million less relative to last season. Also the lack of European football next season will add a further 10-12 million to the deficit. The only way the club can make up the 15-22 million loss is to sell a player or 2.

Brian Porter
28 Posted 13/01/2015 at 09:36:53
I'm celebrating 56 years as an Everton fan this year. I have seen some great, not so great, and fair-to-useless players in the shirt in that time, and must say I'd be sad to see Et'oo go. OK, he has only made a few cameo appearances but his experience and influence on the younger members of the squad is, in my opinion, an invaluable asset.

We need all the help we can get this season, thanks to RM's failure to address our defensive issues and an older, cool head can only be a good thing, even if it's only in the form of helping to hold the ball up if we need to close a game out, or in terms of his behind the scenes support to the aforementioned younger squad members who must benefit from being around a player of his stature in the game.

Mike Keating
29 Posted 13/01/2015 at 03:57:27
I thought Eto'o's strength was supposed to be his experience of European football – so what's the sense of letting him go a month before we resume hostilities in the Eurotrash Cup?

So long as he is played as a forward, he must stay.

Andy Meighan
30 Posted 13/01/2015 at 11:35:45
Andy 20 theres a lovely little B&B on Edge Lane. Lovely rooms, full English and loads of pretty girls lining the boulevard outside. IÂ’ll get back to you with the name when I remember...
Tony J Williams
31 Posted 13/01/2015 at 11:46:14
Mike' I thought Eto'o's strength was goalscoring and being in the box, not sitting deep trying to dictate play?

Maybe if he played in his correct position, we wouldn't all be worried about him leaving us!

Mike Keating
32 Posted 13/01/2015 at 15:10:48
Tony – I think we are saying the same thing. Would love to see him start alongside Lukaku now that we are playing more direct. Only problem is Naismith would have to step aside, I guess, and he leads by example.
Bill Gall
33 Posted 13/01/2015 at 18:00:03
The simple fact is, we have not seen the best of Eto'o as Martinez insists on playing him in a position that he is not effective in.

All the games I have seen him in on tv he usually pops up with a goal inside the goal area and not often from long range. He is the type of player that with his close control inside the area make defenders nervous about tackling and his positional sense inside the area is something that just comes natural.

He may be past his best but he is still the best in his position at the club. I just wish that Martinez would not continue to play players in their wrong positions just to justify him bringing them to the club.

Andy McLawrence
34 Posted 13/01/2015 at 18:41:56
Andy 30 hurry up! Lol
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 13/01/2015 at 21:48:03
Who's laughing now?
Kieran Riding
36 Posted 14/01/2015 at 00:44:52
I’m laughing mate.
Nicky Styles
37 Posted 17/01/2015 at 16:48:45
Not exactly mourning his loss. Good riddance to a modern day mercenary.

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