Everton fans will be hoping for a strong end to the season following a dismal spell of form in the Premier League.
After making a decent start to life under Marco Silva, the Toffees form has curtailed in 2019, losing ground in the Premier League as well as being knocked out of the FA Cup. There has been suggestions that time could be running out for the ex-Watford boss if things do not improve. Owner Farhad Moshiri could be forced to make yet another managerial change in the summer.
Regardless of who is in charge, it’s clear that the current Everton squad needs an overhaul starting with their defence. Kurt Zouma will, as things stand, return to Chelsea following his loan spell leaving Yerry Mina and Michael Keane as the only recognised centre-backs on Merseyside with Phil Jagielka approaching the end of his career. Adding quality defensive cover will be key for Silva and director of football Marcel Brands.
One man the Blues could turn to is Defensa youngster – Lisandro Martinez. Valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the defender has established himself as one of the Argentina Primera Division’s top defenders after developing into a crucial player for his side. After starting his career at Newell Old Boys, he finally found his feet with his current employers and has been ever-present during his 19 league appearances this season.
The 21-year-old is an excellent defender who loves to get stuck into a challenge – averaging 1.9 tackles per game so far this season. Despite his young age, Martinez reads the game superbly, allowing him to make an impressive 2.6 interceptions on average this season. Winning 2.4 aerial duels per game, adapting to the physicality of the Premier League shouldn’t be a problem for the youngster. Martinez has also proved to be a significant threat from set-pieces, chipping in with two goals and three assists for his side this season (WhoScored).
With plenty of potential, the Argentinean could prove to be an inspired summer signing from the Blues.
Everton fans, thoughts?