Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail why he feels it’s a massive season for Roberto Martinez and Everton.
Keown has suggested that the Toffees are currently at a crossroads as they look for a way to develop from a disappointing campaign last year.
He’s also suggested that the manager needs to try and do more to get the most out of a very talented group of players, capable of getting the club into a very good Premier League position.
“It’s a huge year for Roberto Martinez. You look at the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas – they have good players there in that squad. But I get the feeling that the club is at something of a crossroads,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I’m not sure he’s getting the best out of his group, particularly Barkley. At his best he reminds me of Paul Gascoigne and he needs to play off the front so he can drive that midfield.”
“Everton used to be a more direct team and I think last year they were guilty of passing for the sake of it. They need to improve that and that has to come from the manager.
Goodison Park is a fantastic place to play and those fans will want to see attacking play.”
The best way forward for Martinez
Everton didn’t get off to a bad start as they secured a point in their first game of the season against Watford.
The side attacked well and while Keown suggests that the methods being used in the attack need to change, it’s arguably more important for Martinez to work with the side from the back.
If the club can improve their chances of keeping clean sheets, there is always going to be enough talent in attack for Martnez to be able to trust those players, to go and win games of football.
Everton are a team that like to get the ball down and pass possession around, but they need to develop a new brand of defensive resilience.