Everton latest: Former Arsenal midfielder eyed, Martinez defends Lukaku

Aiden McGeady

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Everton faced a tricky test on the opening day, travelling to newly-promoted Leicester City on the opening day of the season. A 2-2 draw was a fair result in a keenly contested affair, but striker Romelu Lukaku came in for plenty of criticism after a lethargic display. Manager Roberto Martinez has moved to defend his record signing, saying that the fans know what to expect from the Belgian international.

"Sometimes when you pay a record fee and it's a new player at the club there can be a lot of pressure because of the expectation and you don`t know how he's going to adapt. But he is the opposite. We know Rom inside out, and the supporters know what to expect. He knows how much we appreciate and love him then I think that will take the weight off expectations."

One player who did impress at the King Power Stadium though was Irish winger Aiden McGeady. The former Celtic star joined the Toffees from Spartak Moscow in January, but couldn't really break into the side last season. Having scored a stunning goal against the Foxes, McGeady has now been backed to play a key role by Martinez.

"Aiden has been really bright all pre-season. He was really sharp and took his goal really well," said Martinez. "He is someone who, when he is at his very best, is very difficult to stop. It was really pleasing to see how well Aiden adapted to the game."

On the transfer front, the club are still looking to bring in new faces. The first name linked today was a shock one, as ex-Arsenal star Alex Song was suggested as a new target having been pushed down the pecking order at Barcelona, as Martinez looks to boost his midfield after the injury to Ross Barkley. Meanwhile, Martinez's commitment to youth looks set to continue, as Crewe Alexandra striker Max Clayton looks poised to join up with the Toffees on trial.

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