Regular readers of soccersweep know that we’re massive fans of the new-ish Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
Everton’s main problem over the next couple of years will be holding onto a manager who we think is destined for the very top.
His intelligence, eloquence and tactical ingenuity mark him out someone who ticks all the boxes for a modern football manager.
Furthermore, it’s difficult to think of a Martinez signing so far that hasn’t worked out for Everton.
Alcaraz has been injured and hasn’t made a mark at the club but players like James McCarthy, Gerard Deulofeu, Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku have been absolutely scintillating – unbridled success stories.
So it’s safe to say that the Everton transfer budget is in extremely good hands.
Recent media reports suggest that he is on the lookout for three Dutch players. Martinez is mixing business with pleasure in Brazil as he’s doing some punditry and also some scouting for Everton no doubt. And he’s apparently looking at three Dutch players of great potential. The Daily Mail reports:
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was at Holland’s World Cup training camp checking on Jeremain Lens, Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij on Wednesday.
Martins Indi is a young Dutch defender of great promise who can play in the centre or left of the defence.
Stefan de Vrij is also 22 years of age and he too plays for Feyenoord as a centre back. He reckons he could well leave this summer:
‘The chances are that I will leave, I can probably confirm this. I am with the Dutch national team so I don’t know the exact details.’
Jeremain Lens has been on fire for the national team scoring 8 goals in 22 appearances for Holland. He’s 26.
All three look as if they could be excellent prospects for Everton but Manchester United have also been rumoured to be interested in Martins Indi and De Vrij and, with Louis van Gaal at the helm of the Dutch squad he may well have first dibs.
But these players are unknown quantities outside of their country and the acid test will come against Spain on Friday. It should be fascinating to see how they stand up to the world champions.
Lets see Lens in action.