Winning formula

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The first thing I noticed that surprised me about Roberto Martinez was his loan strategy.

Our problem has always been having a lack of options in all positions, and the three amazing loans in his first season was a formula that I really liked. It allowed us to fill holes in certain areas without spending for spending's sake.

Taking Lukaku and Deulofeu as an example, they were exciting young players with great potential; to have them come and play for a whole season allowed them to form a good impression with the club, so that, if they performed well enough, it would be much easier getting a player that already knows how great this club is.

Sadly, Martinez has abandoned that strategy which, in my view, was his only "Wow" factor that separated him from Moyes. I truly believe that Martinez must re-start that strategy in the summer if we are to have any chance building a top 4 squad quick enough.

Ever since he stopped that strategy, we have fallen backwards, and I think we need to do everything in our power to compete with the top 4 clubs – that includes a wise loan strategy, on top of the regular transfers.

If Martinez can get back to how he operated the first season (like getting a new defensive coach to replace David Weir) then I still think he is able to build this club towards being a top-4 club. The problem is, I think he left that strategy behind because of all the media criticism, and we have suffered badly because of it.

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