Roberto Martinez offers Everton fitness update, hails squad depth, talks of need for consistency

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Roberto Martinez has addressed the media ahead of Everton's trip to Swansea City in the Premier League this weekend.

Roberto Martinez offered an update on the fitness of his squad, and said that both Seamus Coleman and Mohamed Besic are progressing well after injuries they picked up in last weekend's 3-1 win over Chelsea.

Martinez said that Bryan Oviedo will miss out, but could be available for the League Cup tie against Reading, while Darron Gibson is working his way back to match fitness. He also suggested that new signing Leandro Rodriguez could be available for action, and has described him as an 'out and out goalscorer'.

Martinez told reporters ahead of this weekend's trip to Swansea, covered by the club's Twitter account: "He isn't far away from first team contention and with two games in the next few days he will be very important."

The Everton boss was asked for updates on the potential new contracts for Brendan Galloway and John Stones, but said there was nothing more to add for the time being, but he did say that he feels he has a winning squad at the club at the present time - and one that is hungry for success.

"They are desperate for success, they are desperate to push each other and the competition we have for places now, we never had before. 

"I think the mentality has been right for a long time now. It's just a matter of getting that momentum and that continuity.

"I think if you want to become a winning team or a team that can achieve something then you need to be consistent with your performances. The results will then follow."

Martinez also added that he feels he has a very strong squad this season, unlike the sides he has had in the previous two years at Goodison, and is pleased with the competition for places in every position.

He added: "When you look at the subs bench on Saturday you feel very, very confident that you have good options and can cope with any injuries or setbacks you might have over 95 minutes. We are very proud of the work we have done behind the scenes over the last two years."

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