Will Everton boss Roberto Martinez stick or twist in January window?

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez must decide whether to buy in January in an effort to boost Everton's Premier League cause or put his faith in youngsters.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is facing a familiar poser for Premier League bosses - whether to stick or twist during the January transfer window.

The Toffees have seen untimely injuries severely deplete their midfield options, with key men such as Gareth Barry and James McCarthy facing spells on the sidelines as the hectic festive period approaches.

Both are expected to be back in the near future, but Martinez is aware of the need to handle them with care.

It could be that he looks to bolster his ranks in the New Year, offering greater squad depth at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard may also be tempted to bring in added firepower, with no Everton player having netted more than four top-flight goals this season – with Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Naismith leading the way at present.

Martinez is reluctant to be drawn, though, on his recruitment plans and has hinted that he could look to the academy ranks on Merseyside for cover as his side seek to remain competitive in domestic competitions and the Europa League.

Everton are rightly proud of their youth development system which has nurtured the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe.

Current squad members Leon Osman, Ross Barkley and Tony Hibbert are also home-grown talents, with well over 700 senior appearances between them.

A number of other players of promise are included within the first-team ranks this season, but defenders Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt are the only ones to have seen Premier League action.

Others may get opportunities to impress as the campaign progresses, but it would also come as little surprise were Martinez to go back to chairman Bill Kenwright on 1st January asking for more transfer funds to be freed.

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