Should Everton be looking at the Football League more and more for transfers?
This week Everton have been linked with a move for Leeds United right-back Sam Byram, as a potential replacement for Manchester United linked Seamus Coleman.
If that truly is the case, it is about time that Roberto Martinez began to take a leaf out of his predecessor David Moyes’ book that had worked so well for Everton during his era.
The list of players to have been given the chance to shine after shining in the Football League by Moyes is both long and promising.
Tim Cahill was snapped up from Millwall, Joleon Lescott from Wolves, Leighton Baines signed after just one season in the Premier League and current club captain Phil Jagielka similar with Sheffield United. Throw Lee Carsley into the mix and you begin to see the trend.
Apart from John Stones it is not a feature of Roberto Martinez’s recruitment plan at the moment, but it should be.
There are some real gems in the Football League just waiting to be plucked away. Byram is not even the tip of the iceberg and Everton would do themselves no harm in looking down the leagues to improve their current crop.