Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo he feels he’s got a strong squad to compete with over the rest of the season.
Everton did some business on transfer deadline day earlier this week bring in Aaron Lennon from Tottenham Hotspur and the Toffees boss now feels he’s got a stronger squad to compete with.
“I do, because the situation of Samuel, we were always in a position where each window we were going to assess the situation,” said Martinez.
“That is a very strong squad for me from now until the end of the season.”
Everton also have important players to come back from injury, which should help the side progress up the table over the rest of the season.
The win against Crystal Palace last weekend was also significant in terms of putting points on the board and creating some confidence in the squad.
One of the only ways that Everton can be consistent over the rest of the season is if they have good quality players ready to come into the side each time a high profile or experienced squad member picks up an injury or suspension.
Martinez has created a little bit of pressure for himself because he feels the squad is strong enough over the rest of the campaign, with the club’s arguable aim to retain their Europa League status.
For that to happen the boss has to use the players he has effectively and judge when he has to rotate using the ‘strong’ squad he now has.