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Why Roberto Martinez is Everton’s star man

The Spaniard has taken the Merseyside outfit to a whole new level this season.

Everton have enjoyed a successful 2013-14 Premier League campaign. The Toffees have done the double over Manchester United for the first time in 44 years and have ended the season in fifth place, earning themselves a Europa League place in the process.

Manager Roberto Martinez has been the star of the show at Goodison Park. Having taken over from David Moyes last summer, he has propelled the Merseyside outfit to a whole new level. His 55.81% win record is actually better than what Brendon Rodgers has achieved at second-placed Liverpool.

It is even more impressive when you consider the budget the Spaniard has had to work with. Tottenham Hotspur finished sixth despite their summer spending exceeding £100 million, while seventh-placed Manchester United spent over £60 million for their squad this season. Meanwhile, Everton parted with just £18 million and signed players on loan who have proved to be their key personnel.

Martinez has also been intelligent in how he has used his players to their maximum potential. Everton did not play with speed as Liverpool and Manchester City did, and could not defend as deep as Chelsea could. However, in Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, they have two of the finest wingbacks in the country and utilised them to full extent.

Martinez has also played a largely balanced side. The current Everton team's average age  is 27.4 years and is the third cost effective side in top 10 of the league in terms of the players' transfer fees. The former Wigan Athletic boss is one of the best Everton managers in Premier League era. Having already enjoyed a record winning percentage, his fifth-placed finish guarantees another milestone - this has been the best opening season for any Toffees manager since 1992.

Will next season be better? Let's wait and watch.

Note: All stats are from whoscored.com, squawaka.com and transfermarkt.com

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