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Everton boss Roberto Martinez earned plaudits throughout the season for taking the Toffees to fifth place in the Premier League, and the Spaniard has told of how his time in Scotland with Motherwell has helped shaped his managerial style - and that he's been watching a number of Scottish players with a view to signing them.
"I became a stronger person," said Martinez, who was with Motherwell through financial difficulties. "Being able to understand a dressing room undergoing administration was hurtful at the time but has made me the manager I am now. I fell in love with Scottish football. It was one of the biggest lessons in my development as a manager."
"I have been following a lot of youngsters who are showing real potential and Scottish football can take advantage of using a lot of young players for the league," added the former Wigan boss. "In terms of workrate, understanding of the game, focus and desire, I love the Scottish player as a character in any dressing room."
Whilst Martinez is planning for the summer transfer window, some of his Everton squad members are away preparing for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Captain Phil Jagielka is in the England squad, and he praised teammate John Stones for his application in the recent friendly against Peru.
"He was delighted to be part of this setup and he wasn’t even sure if he would be on the bench [on Friday], so to have come on and make his England debut is fantastic," said Jagielka. "He’s a great guy and hopefully there is many more to come. He’s the same as Ross [Barkley]. They have both come into the first team and settled in right away. The type of players they are and the attitudes they have got, they just settle in and do their thing," added the defender.
Martinez will be looking to add to his squad this summer as the club prepares to compete in the Premier League and the Europa League, and a new name linked with a move to Merseyside is Wigan Athletic forward Shaun Maloney - who fits Martinez's bill for bringing in Scottish players, and featured heavily under him whilst together at the DW Stadium.