Why Everton should take the Capital One Cup seriously this year

The competition is the perfect opportunity for manager Roberto Martinez, and the club, to right a number of wrongs.

Everton and Roberto Martinez should be taking the Capital One Cup seriously this season, and for a number of reasons.

The Blues were knocked out of the competition at the third round stage last season, with Swansea City sending them packing in a comfortable 3-0 victory.

In fact, their history in the competition is one that you would describe as patchy at best. They have never won it, and the last time they reached the final was all the way back in 1984.

Their lack of intent in the event is rather confusing, especially given how winnable it is.

While both Chelsea and Manchester City have won it in the last two years, the likes of Swansea and Birmingham City in the past have proven that the so-called lesser sides have a chance of success.

Given Everton haven’t won a trophy in 20 years, it is the perfect opportunity to end that drought.

Winning the trophy could also get some of the more dissenting fans back on board, or at least be the start of the club winning back their faith.

Much has been made of the fan protests against the board this season, with many disillusioned at that long-running trophy drought. With the Capital One Cup so attainable, winning it could be the perfect way to get them back on side.

Aside from the need for a trophy and winning back disillusioned supporters, the trophy is also the perfect platform upon which Roberto Martinez can start to build a foundation of future success for the club.

The Spaniard has a relatively young squad at his disposal, and they are all desperate to win trophies at some point. Despite the Capital One Cup being regarded as a lesser competition, winning it would only make this squad hungrier for more.

The last two seasons have shown that the big sides are starting to take this competition seriously, and if Everton want to prove that they are a big club too, then taking it seriously this season is the perfect way to start doing so.

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