Everton latest: Martinez on failed Cleverley move, Eto'o backed to mentor Lukaku

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Everton are back in league action this weekend after the international break, and Roberto Martinez meets and old face in West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine, who was on his coaching staff at Goodison Park last season. The absence of star midfielder Ross Barkley looks set to continue, but Martinez believes that the England international is making good progress in his recovery from a knee injury which has kept him out of action so far this season.

"Ross is progressing well but is still receiving treatment," he said. "He’s in week four now and is probably a couple of weeks ahead of where he should be. But he’s still halfway through his recovery period."

With Barkley sidelined, Everton may have looked to bring in another central midfielder on deadline day. A move for Manchester United's Tom Cleverley had been strongly rumoured with just hours to go of the transfer window, but a deal didn't materialise. The 25-year-old has since joined Aston Villa on loan, and manager Martinez admitted that he had thought about reuniting with his former Wigan midfielder, but the deal wasn't right.

"On the last day of the window, there are always opportunities that arise. We looked into a couple of those. I would never be disrespectful in talking about players who are not on our books, but that's the nature of the window," said Martinez when asked about Cleverley. "With the one you mention, I felt there was an opportunity for us to add a player who could bring something different."

"But at the end, it wasn't right. It didn't work out. And at the end, I was very pleased that we had all of the business done well ahead of the transfer deadline. We tried to look into a couple of opportunities, but they never came off, and the reality is that they probably weren't the right ones for us."

One of the players that the Toffees did secure over the summer was former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o. The Cameroonian legend joined Everton on a two-year deal after leaving Stamford Bridge, and opened his account for the club on his debut. With bags of experience from his days at Barcelona and Inter Milan, former Everton striker Louis Saha has backed Eto'o to mentor Romelu Lukaku on Merseyside.

"Romelu Lukaku is a great player", said Saha. "He is young and strong and is eager to become one of the best attackers. We will now have to confirm his performances from last season, but he has a very good coach in the form of Samuel Eto'o now. The goalscorer from Cameroon will teach him certain things."

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