Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that over the last five transfer windows, Everton have worked hard to ensure that their squad has a level of consistency.
The Toffees have been determined to build for the future since Martinez took charge, and his forward thinking approach has paid dividends this season.
Everton have played some of the finest football of any team in the Premier League, and Martinez believes that the continuity that he has promoted has been key to their success.
“That precision and that technical works comes with being together and working on concepts over three seasons,” the Spanish boss said.
“And the other reason is the players and the partnerships. They are looking for each other, they have the same way of thinking, they understand each others’ strengths and we have been working hard on that continuity over the last five windows to allow that to happen.”
Martinez has stuck to his principles at Everton so far, and he has been keen to develop a young squad.
The Toffees have tended to invest in potential, with just a sprinkling of experience added to their first team.
Last season, the naivety of their team seemed to affect their chances negatively, but their youthful exuberance has served them well this time around.
The likes of Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are all flourishing at Goodison Park, and the trio’s good form has helped to elevate Martinez’s side into seventh place in the Premier League table.