Both players continue to be linked with big money moves away from Goodison Park and there can’t be any doubt that as experienced characters, they already offer a great amount to the Everton dressing room.
“We need to make sure that we bring the right characters as well as the right players to the football club. It’s important we identify the type of help we need in the dressing room and in the team, and make sure they are a type of footballer,” Martinez told ClickLiverpool.
There is still a lot that needs to happen before Fellaini and Baines leave the club, which means Martinez has a pocket of opportunity he can exploit, which he can use to potentially talk them into staying.
If he does that and Everton add one or two more big characters to the dressing room then they will head into next season in arguably much better shape than they find themselves in at the moment.
He’s so far been very good in covering up the high profile possible departures of his two players and as the old saying goes; no news is good news.
Fellaini would more than likely be the biggest loss of the two in terms of his character and what his personality means to the current Everton side.
Arsenal and Manchester United seem to be circling Everton like sharks at the moment, waiting for that July 1 date to come along so they can both get stuck into the player and the club.
His presence, skill and physical strength are all attributes which make him a very intimidating player to play against in the Everton side but they also give him an aura away from the pitch.
Baines by contrast seems a much more measured and quieter individual, perhaps the best left back in the country, and is by far less likely to leave Goodison Park.
His character flows through the team in terms of his hard work ethic, his skill and his deadly precision as a defender but also what he offers in the attacking third.
His character would be easier for Martinez to replace because it’s not as loud or as ‘in your face’ as Fellaini’s but Everton seem much less willing to let him leave which works in the favour of the club’s new boss.
His comments suggest he’s maybe just started to accept the fact he may have to find some new high profile characters and stars as there’s a good chance Fellaini and Baines could both leave.
However, it’s a very clever tactic which not only replaces them if they do go, but just adds to what Everton can achieve next season if he gets them both to stay.
Who would be the greater loss to the Toffees, Fellaini or Baines?
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