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Martinez's youthful enthusiasm highlights Everton's financial weakness

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Considered

Everton boss Roberto Martinez's comments about his willingness to give youth a chance next season has only highlighted the Toffees' lack of financial clout.

The Blues have perennially struggled to compete at the higher end of the transfer market for many years, despite continually hovering around the Champions League places under David Moyes, and Martinez last term.

Despite an encouraging first season at the helm at Goodison Park last year, the Spaniard was forced to enhance an astute approach to transfer dealings, due to his new side's relative lack of wealth.

Martinez's use of the loan market was inspired as Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu developed into key players for the Champions League-chasing Blues.

However, although the deal for Barry was eventually made permanent, Deulofeu has gone back to Barcelona, while Lukaku will command a fee in excess of £20 million if Martinez wants to land the Belgium international on a long-term deal.

It seems unlikely that the Toffees will have the funds to complete the deal, and speaking ahead of his side's pre-season preparations, Martinez hinted that he will be looking into his youth ranks to help save the club vital millions this summer.

"We have five young players whose programme we’ve been following closely since we set them out 12 months ago," explained the Everton manager.

"They’ve been out on loan and working in the first team environment and they've done that very well.

"We’ve got Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, John Lundstram, Chris Long and Matthew Kennedy. We’ve been trying to develop them and they deserve an opportunity.

"We want to see how they react in the first team, how close they are to being ready - like John Stones and Ross Barkley were last season."

Everton's proud tradition of giving their young players a chance to impress at Premier League level should be applauded, but at the same time, Martinez's comments are a clear indication that he may be forced to once again try and juggle his side's lofty ambitions on a shoestring budget.

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