The defender's protracted move from River Plate was finally sealed on transfer deadline day at the start of the month, with many eyebrows raised at the fact that the final amount the Blues shelled out for his services was some £4m more than expected.
A clause in his contract with the Argentine club guaranteeing him a percentage of any transfer fee plus taxes due on the deal pushed the price up significantly but Martinez has no regrets about forcing through the deal for a player who could also have been tempted to join Villarreal.
“It is clear that Ramiro has got that experience,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.
“You expect, if you want to get players with a winning mentality, then they have big value.
"What is shows is the real desire to bring Ramiro to Everton. And in return, it shows a player who wanted to come to Everton and the value is just a number that will become insignificant if we get good performances from Ramiro.
“He is the type of player we need, a left-footed centre-half with incredible aerial ability, a defender that has got the winning mentality,” Martinez continued about the player who made a confident 15-minute cameo in the 3-1 win over Chelsea last Saturday.
“You can never have enough winners in your dressing room and, clearly, Ramiro, with his experience and his age, is going to be a massive, massive asset.”
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1 Posted 17/09/2015 at 07:43:07
The most likely future lineup would have to be Stones and Funes Mori, which means Jagielka's time may be reaching its peak.
2 Posted 17/09/2015 at 08:13:05
3 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:25:09
4 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:27:15
5 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:28:55
6 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:56:27
7 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:23:44
Encouraging though Ramiro's few touches were, it is both premature and unfair to make predictions and pile expectations upon him right now.
His "Row Z" clearance had me and my mates clenching our fists and chuckling at the expediency; his Tim Cahill leap for his first header drew further nods of approval; his charge through the middle in possession was a cherry on his first cupcake at Goodison. Good start lad.
But it was a good start and most importantly must have been both timely and reassuring for him as a new arrival in comfortably beating last season's EPL winners.
TBH the price tag is ultimately meaningless; his performance is what will make him valued or dismissed by us Evertonians.
I won't fully judge him until this time next year, crippling him with the weight of expectation is a touch too much (I feel) after only 13 minutes plus injury time so far.
As to where John Stones, Brendan Galloway or whoever will be in 1, 3, 5 or 10 years time, that information is as solid as calling the forthcoming Euromillions numbers based upon scorers shirt numbers, score or substitution times.
What is more certain is that giving oily, pompous, classless Chelsea the "Not For Sale means... NOT FOR SALE!!" message, is the kind of stance that will make Everton FC the kind of club that fans will want to watch, players want to play for, and winners want to stick with. No guarantees, but if you roll over to have your belly tickled, then don't cry when even weeds kick you in the nuts.
8 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:31:54
9 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:43:06
11 Posted 17/09/2015 at 11:37:56
Did Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano not come straight to England from South America??
I will judge the man at the end of the season providing he's played a suitable number of matches.
12 Posted 17/09/2015 at 11:51:53
13 Posted 17/09/2015 at 12:17:07
I sometimes question what some of the people on here want? If we buy a youngster, it's "Why no first team players"? We buy a first team player for a low value, "Fishing for bargains again". We splash out, "We've over-spent on him..."
14 Posted 17/09/2015 at 12:39:52
Hope he does well and I imagine he is the replacement for Stones and Jags will revert back to his normal right hand side.
15 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:14:57
16 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:22:43
17 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:55:01
However, I think Funes Mori has been signed to play left side of a 3 man back line. Maybe the intention here is for Stones to play the Gareth Barry role? (Defend without the ball and move more into midfield when we have the ball/striding out of defence?)
ps: For my sins, I was also (a poor excuse for a) left-footed, left-sided CB. I never felt comfortable on the other side. If players are going to try and take you on for pace, it will almost certainly be on the 'outside'. Being left-foot dominant, I always felt more confident showing them that side.
Just on the point above, has anyone ever noticed that Stones occasionally likes to throw in a ''non-textbook'' wrong-foot tackle? He seems to prefer leading with his left which, IMHO, would have made him the better choice to have been "played out of position" at left CB.
18 Posted 17/09/2015 at 18:46:43
Perhaps, against minor rivals, Martinez could set up a 3-defender line (Stones, Jags and Funes Mori) and line up more wingers on the offensive?
19 Posted 17/09/2015 at 20:03:30
I will never comprehend that.
20 Posted 17/09/2015 at 20:59:09
Phil, it makes every difference having a left-footed, left-sided CB. It means that attacking players can be pushed away from goal to be shepherded or tackled on the CB's stronger side. It also means that the ball can be played out from the back over a greater range of angles, more quickly, without changing feet or body shape. Quite simply it gives balance.
Tony, since it was in his contract with his former club he'd have got the money wherever he went.
Thomas, one of the worst for tackling off his wrong foot was Bryan Robson. His injury record backed that up. Not a good idea.
21 Posted 17/09/2015 at 21:14:14
22 Posted 17/09/2015 at 23:37:10
I disagree. Most of the great defensive partnerships over the years have been two right-footers. Look at Pallister - Bruce, Ferdinand - Vidic, Adams - Keown, Terry - Cahill... too many to mention.
It's not a big issue at all.
23 Posted 17/09/2015 at 23:56:38
Top end football is about margins, and maybe saving a couple of goals a year could be the difference between winning or losing a cup tie, or finishing higher in the league. But who knows?
The most important thing for us is Funes Mori turning into a solid Premier League defender to follow in a line of successful recent CBs (Lescott, Jagielka, Distin etc).
24 Posted 17/09/2015 at 00:02:25
"Just on the point above, has anyone ever noticed that Stones occasionally likes to throw in a ''non-textbook'' wrong-foot tackle?"
I am glad you have said that as I thought exactly the same myself and think this is the one weakness in his game. When attacked down his left side, he attempts to block with the outside of his left foot rather than the inside of his natural right foot; this often leaves him on his backside. Take a look at Watford's second goal.
25 Posted 18/09/2015 at 06:09:04
At the back, he seems adept at carrying the ball forwards, out of defence, as he did against Chelsea; perhaps one of the reasons Roberto liked what he saw. He has got a good footballing pedigree, so let's give the lad a fair crack of the whip and hopefully he'll show us just what he can do in the coming months.
26 Posted 18/09/2015 at 07:37:10
27 Posted 18/09/2015 at 08:45:27
I'm not wishing Jags bad fortune, but it is expedient to have a replacement already in place. Nobody goes on forever.
Behind our three first-choice centre-backs, we have three very promising youngsters coming through. Whatever happens with Stones in the future, this particular position is looking well covered.
28 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:55:44
I'd rather have two quality right-footed centre-backs than just getting in a left-footer for the sake of 'balance'. Ninety percent of our forward play is short passing routed to the midfield through Barry anyway.
Not having a go at Funes Mori's signing here at all, by the way. I know nothing about the guy so I really can't comment on him yet.
29 Posted 18/09/2015 at 12:23:15
For the Capital One Cup, I would start with Pennington on the right and bring Browning on for Stones if we're two up. I really want to see what Browning is like in Stones's position.
30 Posted 18/09/2015 at 13:15:50
There is also some inference that Jags is on his way out. I couldn't disagree more! Did you see that way he got back to get McCarthy our of jail last Saturday?
He doesn't seem to have lost any pace to me. He could beat most PL centre backs over 50 yards I'm sure.I think he came back from 2014 World Cup jaded, and it showed in the first 3 months of last year, but toward the end of last term, plus the start of this, whilst all the plaudits have gone to Stones, I think Jags has been as good as he's ever been.
It was really classy the way he went over to Funes Mori and shook his hand when he came on last Saturday: "Welcome to Everton, mate", is what that said. The mark of a great captain and great leader and he has loads of years left in my view. Just stay away from the 50-yard passes, Jags; not your strength!
31 Posted 18/09/2015 at 19:42:18
With regards to the Row Z clearance: we all love to see our defenders playing the ball out, but sometimes it just has to go. This was one of them. Chelsea were sniffing for a way back in, but our new boy wasn't ready to offer them one.
Dave Abrahams: me neither!
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