National paper suggests 7 players Everton should ditch in the summer

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Everton's season has been disappointing to say the least, and Roberto Martinez will need to shake his squad up in the summer.

Everton's Premier League campaign has been dismal since the off and their one hope to claim something worthwhile out of this season was in the Europa League. 

After that was brought to a crashing end on Thursday night at the hands of a clinical Dynamo Kiev side who made the most of The Toffees' defensive frailties, The Daily Mail have suggested seven players could be on the way out.

Serious questions are now being asked of Roberto Martinez's side who must now focus on getting enough points to secure survival in the top flight. They currently sit in 14 place just six points above the drop zone however it would be a surprise to see them sucked into the bottom three due to the poor sides currently below them.

However there is a lot of room for improvement in an ageing Everton squad. Martinez had a great debut season at Goodison Park guiding them to 5th place, and similar achievements were expected this time round. Many players have seen their form drastically deteriorate and The Daily Mail have listed seven players they think Everton should part company with this summer.

The seven players suggested for the chop are Tim Howard, Sylvain Distin, Antolin Alcaraz, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Aiden McGeady and Gareth Barry.

The recurring theme with those players is that they are all coming towards the end of their careers anyway bar Aiden McGeady. The rest are in their thirties and are either struggling with injuries, or have lost a yard or two or three of pace. Tim Howard came into this season on the back of a great World Cup with USA but his form and his mistakes have cost Everton plenty of points this season.

Distin and Alcaraz aren't good enough for a European campaign, and with the former having supposedly fallen out with Martinez it looks extremely like The Toffees will be on the lookout for a new centre-back in the summer. Phil Jagielka still has a few years left in him and John Stones will get his chance, but they'll need more depth.

With regards to Tony Hibbert, sentiment must go out of the window, thoughts echoed by The Daily Mail. He is Everton through and through but his injuries are hampering him and his game time has been limited. Time to let him go unfortunately.

Pienaar is injury prone as well, and Everton are using up too much of their wage budget on players who spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch. With regards to Aiden McGeady he simply hasn't lived up to his reputation that once saw him adored by Celtic fans.

Gareth Barry however may still be worth keeping on. He is an experienced player who can still offer a lot to those around him, he can also be a good mentor for Ross Barkley in the middle of the pitch. Either way Martinez has a busy summer ahead of him if he is to propel Everton back up the table next season. 

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