Are Everton fans excited or anxious about new three man defence regime?

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez is adopting new tactics at Goodison Park. I argue it will make them more exciting ... what do you think?

Everton’s pre-season campaign has certainly shown signs of promise under new manager Roberto Martinez - especially since they went to America.

Now it is not often a team that has not won a single 90-minute game on tour gets recognized for their efforts, but when you consider their opposition it is pretty justifiable to give them credit where credit is due.

They beat Juventus on penalties after a 1-1 draw, and were narrowly beaten by Real Madrid in the other fixture - but considering the fact they are also all playing under a new manager, and an entirely new system, they deserve credit.

Now what about that system.

It was hypothesized, when the former Wigan boss got the job that he would revert to his favoured formation of three at the back.

The reason why was not only due to the Spaniard’s pre-disposition toward that line-up - but because Everton arguably have the perfect players to play that way.

There are the wing backs in Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman - both perfect for the role of a marauding winger or back-tracking defender.

Then there is Sylvain Distin - very left-sided and with the recovery pace to cover open ground left behind Baines.

Phil Jagielka and Johnny Heitinga are both centre-backs with international experience of also playing at full-back - meaning they too should be adept at coverage.

Meanwhile Antolin Alcaraz has played in this formation before under Martinez.

With the performances of youngster John Stones, signed from Barnsley in January, also giving Evertonian’s something to shout about it seems that the side have no qualms adapting into the new tactic.

So far they look to be taking to it well but you do worry about strength in depth.

If Coleman gets injured who plays wide? Hibbert, Mirallas, Naismith … it is certainly an area that needs improvement if this formation is to be implemented.

When Wigan had injury troubles last year they had all manner of different players playing in various utility roles. This tactic spreads you thin across the ground - especially when you have squad built to play a more traditional 4-5-1.

But if Martinez can get it to work then Everton have all the tools at their disposal to play some of the most expansive and entertaining football in the Premier League.

Are you excited, or nervous about the new tactics at Goodison?

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