Does Roberto Martinez have an opportunity to experiment after recent wins?

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

After a trying season for Everton, they appear to have been worked out by their Premier League opponents. Do they need to experiment between now and the conclusion of this season?

It may have been a mixed week for Roberto Martinez and Everton, but they are probably breathing a little easier after back-to-back league wins has moved them nine points clear of the relegation zone with eight games to play.

Everton's Premier League status looks as if it's now secured; a massive plus after their hopes for a first trophy since 1995 went up in smoke after they were knocked out of the Europa League in midweek by Dynamo Kiev.

But after a turbulent period, it's a time for Roberto Martinez to experiment between now and the end of the season in order to avoid future scares during his tenure on the blue half of Merseyside. 

It appears that his side which had an exciting, swashbuckling style of play that managed to finish on 72 points last season, have been found out in many regards. Fans are frustrated at the apparent option of style over substance which had those at Goodison Park nervously looking over their shoulders.

Regardless of any graffiti that may have been plastered over parts of Goodison Park at the weekend calling for the Spaniard to be relieved of his duties, it is hard to envisage Bill Kenwright pulling the trigger after this one difficult season. 

But between now and the end of the season surely presents Martinez with an opportunity to experiment with his side. In the past couple of weeks they have shown they can win ugly, now they need to find other ways of winning. 

Sides seem to have worked them out while problems at the back line have been evident. Everton have enough quality in their squad to be a side that's comfortably operating in the top half rather than one that is scrapping with the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in the bottom half of the league - though one has to question the transfer policy of a manager that has decided to bring in four players to a club who experienced relegation under Martinez with Wigan Athletic - even if there was FA Cup success to go with it.  

But he can try new things. He has to ensure some defensive solidity going forward but come up with solutions to break down sides like West Brom, who were very effective in their 0-0 draw at Goodison Park not so long ago. New ideas to get better results could cut him some slack, but it could be the most productive period during his time at Everton, if he gets things right.

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