Remember when Roberto Martinez was viewed as a risky appointment?

He has shown his true potential as a manager so far during his Everton reign.

It seems we are running out of superlatives for the job that Roberto Martinez has done so far at Everton this season. 17 games in, and his side could be as little as two points off the top of the Premier League table, four at worst, when he sits down for Christmas dinner.

When David Moyes departed for Old Trafford, he left behind what seemed a very difficult job given that in 11 years he managed to bring Everton from a side that was looking over its shoulder at the relegation trap door, to a side that was consistently challenging for European places.

People anticipated a difficult transition but Martinez has embraced the challenge.

There was bit of scepticism over the appointment of the Spaniard at Goodison Park, despite the achievement of winning the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic, he had also presided over their relegation from the top flight.

It was an admirable gamble given their current predicament, and even though some of his signings have been short term in the form of Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku – he has shown some ambition in bringing in players that have experience at top sides, and those with a promising future, allowing them the opportunity to shine on the big stage.

The change of mentality is also a big factor, not being afraid to take on the big sides, which means they have a pretty impressive record against sides around them this season – Manchester City the side the only team to beat them, and that’s in the league as a whole.

He has taken the good elements of what Moyes brought to the club, pressing and solid defensive structure and has built on it with a slight change in mentality.

A risk? No, merely building on the foundations left behind with more ideas and young, fresh approach. Credit must be given to the Everton hierarchy.

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