Roberto Martinez demonstrated his supreme tactical intellect this weekend with an excellent show of pressing against Manchester City at Wembley in a triumphant FA Cup Final weekend.
One thing the Spaniard is noted for his bizarre but often effective footballing formations; with the long outdated three at the back system being rejuvenated by the former Swansea boss at Wigan Athletic.
His ability to bring the best out of the clubs wing-backs has seen him pull Wigan out of the mire at the final stages of the season on multiple occasions now but this term it seems a season blighted by injury problems has taken its toll on his fragile unit.
Defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday night will see Wigan relegated to the Championship and in fact anything but a victory is likely to see them down due to their comparatively poor goal difference to Sunderland.
So this summer Wigan fans may have to say goodbye to their hero and his swashbuckling offensive style of play; as rumours linking him with the manager’s seat at Everton continue to heat up.
And tactically The Toffees may already have the perfect personnel to implement his current formational system; the 3-4-2-1.
The key positions in this formation are the wing-backs and Everton have two excellent candidates to play there already in the attacking minded but defensively sound Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. Then you need the midfielders who do not mind sitting in the heart of midfield to dictate play; step forward Leon Osman and Darron Gibson.
Then you need two players capable of sitting behind the front man; not necessarily as wide-men but essentially supporting attacking midfielders and there are three canidates for these two positions with Steven Pienaar, Maraoune Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas all qualified for the role; leaving a choice between Victor Anichebe and Nikica Jelavic up top.
The defence would need strengthening as Phil Jagielka, and Sylvain Distin could certainly do the job but the form of Johnny Heitinga this season suggests otherwise. But overall it genuinely does work.
But then there is the risk of departures and as much as I think Fellaini might leave I do not think Baines will bother. He has a good thing going at Goodison Park and a move just seems unnecessary.
However the real question; is Martinez’s current system for want of anything better. Does he simply play this tactic as it is the best way to implement the current talent he has on offer?
Who knows but it all adds to the intrigue if he is chosen as the man to replace David Moyes this summer.
Do you think Martinez’s system would work at Everton?
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