Roberto Martinez should play 3-5-2 to reignite Everton's flagging season

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The former Wigan manager has all the tools to play the system.

After dizzying heights with a new brand of football under Roberto Martinez last season Everton have been sent crashing back to earth this term. The club have struggled to replicate their best form in the Premier League and currently sit in 12th position, nine points off the coveted fourth spot.

Of course the added workload of the Europa League has not helped and neither has a bout of injuries, but overall the team has simply not played well enough to warrant a position higher up the league table.

So perhaps it is now time for a change.

Here is the team, and formation Everton should play against QPR at Goodison Park on Monday night...

Everton have struggled this season with two central defenders. The pair of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin have to split in order for them to play their passing game.

Last season it worked because Gareth Barry was reliable, as were Distin and Jagielka. But none of the trio are spring chickens and they have often been caught out this term. With the centre backs stretched it has left plenty of room for teams to slice Everton open, especially with Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman so attack minded.

Bringing in the extra defender is not foreign to Martinez. He used a similar system at Wigan Athletic. It should, bizarrely, leave less gaps over the top for Everton to deal with, an area they have struggled this season. When John Stones is back this formation will suit him perfectly but until then Antolin Alcaraz, or Tony Hibbert, will have to do.

The wing-backs is a no brainer. Baines and Coleman would not need to adapt their playing style at all. Keep marauding but with a little more license to go forward, Everton would then be playing to their strengths.

Barry has struggled, but is returning to fitness so should remain the holder and thankfully James McCarthy is set to return. His energy will be key for this system to work.

Steven Pienaar should then play in central midfield, on the left hand side. Leon Osman and Muhammed Besic are obviously options but Pienaar started his career as a central midfielder and his partnership with Baines is second to none.

Then, up front, the two in-form Belgians who seem to love playing with each other, can do the job. Ross Barkley is an able replacement should Martinez not feel Mirallas is the man for this task. You could also play Barkley instead of Pienaar, or bring in Steven Naismith for Mirallas when he is fit, it is an adaptable side.

But most of all it should help plug the problems at the back that have plagued Everton all season long.

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