Martinez expects Funes Mori to more than justify his big price tag

by | 17/09/2015  30 Comments  [Jump to last]
Roberto Martinez feels that Ramiro Funes Mori's experience, desire and winning mentality will enable him to render the £9.25m fee Everton paid for him "insignificant".

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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Anthony Hawkins
1 Posted 17/09/2015 at 07:43:07
A left footed defender with a winning mentality? Is Jagielka off somewhere?

The most likely future lineup would have to be Stones and Funes Mori, which means Jagielka's time may be reaching its peak.

Colin Glassar
2 Posted 17/09/2015 at 08:13:05
About time we had a lefty playing on the left side of centre defence. Jags does a great job there but it's not his natural position. If Mori does well Martinez could rotate jags and JS at least in cup games.
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:25:09
I haven't seen anything from EFC on the diagnoses / prognoses for Coleman and Besic. Anybody?
Paul Cherrington
4 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:27:15
I agree with the boss that it is good he has won things and brings that mentality with him. It does make a difference and rubs off on the other players which can really help.
Dave Williams
5 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:28:55
JS will be gone unless we get CL this season and Funes Mori will partner Jags. We could by then be playing two left-footed centre-halves as Galloway is coming through very quickly. Add in Holgate and Browning and we are well off for good young defenders, if a bit short on experience.
Brian Hill
6 Posted 17/09/2015 at 09:56:27
Brent, RM has just said both might be ready for Swansea, if not then Reading.
Tony Draper
7 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:23:44
Ramiro Funes Mori played a cameo part with Steven Naismith justifiably in the starring role in Saturday's action thriller "Chelsea & Jose: Another Peg Down".

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.

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:31:54
Thanks, Brian. Not bad news.
Sam Hoare
9 Posted 17/09/2015 at 10:43:06
I think Coleman will probably miss Saturday given that Martinez will not want to risk him. I wonder if Martinez will be tempted to move Stones to RB and give Funes Mori his debut or put Browning in at RB which would seem the safer move to me. Browning's pace and strength should fit the bill and it would be good for him to get back on the pitch and banish the Man City demons...
Jim Bennings
11 Posted 17/09/2015 at 11:37:56
What gets my goat is how these so called "experts" ruled the lad out before he had even kicked a ball in the Premier League, they had him deemed to fail on what justification I don't know as he's now an Argentina International.

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.

Dave Pritchard
12 Posted 17/09/2015 at 11:51:53
Agree with Tony that it was a cameo appearance that was very promising. It is just as daft to talk him up as our next big thing as it is to believe the reports saying he will fail miserably. We all hope he's great but let's wait and see.
Adam Carey
13 Posted 17/09/2015 at 12:17:07
Is ٧.5M really that high a fee in today's transfer market? Chelsea paid ٢M for a teenager who went straight back into the Championship on loan, whereas we've paid a little over double that for a first team player who has experienced international football and winning his own country's version of the FA cup.

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..."

Tony J Williams
14 Posted 17/09/2015 at 12:39:52
No wonder he "wanted" to come to us, £3m+ signing on fee??????

Hope he does well and I imagine he is the replacement for Stones and Jags will revert back to his normal right hand side.

Phil Sammon
15 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:14:57
I never get this problem people have with two right-footed centre-halves. It makes absolutely no difference. It's not like he's getting to the byline and swinging in crosses.
Brent Stephens
16 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:22:43
Phil #13 - though a small guy, I played in all positions in the back four. Though right-footed, I played no worse as Left CB than as Right CB! Equally badly!
Thomas Surgenor
17 Posted 17/09/2015 at 13:55:01
I agree with the above, I would have liked to have seen Browning start this weekend if Coleman was unavailable but it looks like Stones will play RB.

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.

Matt Ostnes
18 Posted 17/09/2015 at 18:46:43
Adam #12, he won the South America equivalent of Champions League, Europa League, Uefa Super Cup and Premier League in 1 year.


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?

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 17/09/2015 at 20:03:30
I can never understand players being almost totally one-footed; don't they ever practice with the wrong foot? Or don't they in all their career meet a coach who will tell them to use the other foot?

I will never comprehend that.

Peter Lee
20 Posted 17/09/2015 at 20:59:09
Just a couple of points:

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.

Michael Winstanley
21 Posted 17/09/2015 at 21:14:14
When I played left back I kicked the winger a fair bit.
Phil Sammon
22 Posted 17/09/2015 at 23:37:10
Peter

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.

Jim Knightley
23 Posted 17/09/2015 at 23:56:38
Most defensive partnerships will involve two right-footed players because most players are right-footed. It does not mean that a right- and left- predominant footed pairing are not more successful though.

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).

Peter Bell
24 Posted 17/09/2015 at 00:02:25
Thomas @16

"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.

Brian Porter
25 Posted 18/09/2015 at 06:09:04
Yesterday, I spent some time trawling through video footage of Ramiro playing in his home country. He really does seem to be very confident and assured on the ball, has scored some great headed goals, (with real power, not just tap-ins), and I was surprised to see him scoring from free-kicks with wickedly curling left-footers into the top corner of the net.

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.

James Marshall
26 Posted 18/09/2015 at 07:37:10
I liked the look of him as everyone else did, but remember good starts can be a false dawn. Just think of Besic doing a Cruyff turn and pinpoint cross-field pass with his first touch....since then only seen falling over and hurting himself.
Drew Shortis
27 Posted 18/09/2015 at 08:45:27
Good signing. Jagielka's not going to go on forever. Just look at Ivanovic at Chelsea. Last season he's solid as a rock; 4 months later and he looks like a completely different player.

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.

Phil Sammon
28 Posted 18/09/2015 at 09:55:44
Jim,

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.

Richard Reeves
29 Posted 18/09/2015 at 12:23:15
There's no rush to bring Funes Mori into the team just because he cost a shit load of money. I'd bring him in gradually by giving Galloway a break now and again. What's more important I think is keeping Jags and Stones in the middle and giving Browning some time on the right while Coleman is injured.

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.

Peter Morris
30 Posted 18/09/2015 at 13:15:50
I'm not sure left-footed / right-footed makes all that much difference at centre-back. What matters much more is the ability to read the game, positional sense, strength and aerial prowess, surely?

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!

Darren Hind
31 Posted 18/09/2015 at 19:42:18
Tony Draper. Good post.

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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