Roberto Martinez discusses transfers, Leicester's title chances and Romelu Lukaku's performances

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash with Leicester City at Goodison Park.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated his stance that none of his top performers will be leaving Goodison Park in the January transfer window, and that there will be no major arrivals at Goodison Park either.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Saturday's game with Leicester City, as shown on the club's YouTube channel, the Toffees boss indicated that any business done by Everton will be pretty minor.

He said: "I understand it is this part of the period and I'm sure it's going to become a fresh topic over the next few weeks. Our position is quite clear, quite strong, we are not going to lose any of our top performers.

"In January it is not the right time to bring in players who can help you in a major way, only different tweaks or different gaps you can cover.

“January is about players who get frustrated if they haven’t played as many games as they have wanted. Sometimes you have to find them fresh challenges.”

The Everton boss was evidently frustrated about recent results after his club played so well in games and showed plenty of attacking threat, but were unable to get wins against the likes of Crystal Palace and Norwich City. However he does not seem too concerned about the adverse effect that dropped points may have had on their league position, as they currently sit 10th in the Premier League.

"It's not the time to look at the table and as disappointed as we are in the points we have dropped in the last few games, that's how we see it," Martinez said.

“Some of our attacking play has been exceptional. We need to develop a bit of a know-how to manage our attacking play. If we do that we will end up with the points our football deserves. The performances have been very consistent.”

Everton face a big challenge this weekend when they face surprise league leaders Leicester who are two points clear at the top and are unbeaten in their last nine league games, recording seven victories in the process.

Martinez feels that the Foxes' position is merited, and believes they are genuine contenders for the league title.

"I think Leicester deserve to be top of the league,W the Everton boss said. "They've been really, really dynamic, one of the best counter-attacks in the league, they've got goals but then they've got a real spirit and togetherness and I think Claudio Ranieri deserves all the credit for developing that belief in that team."

When the Toffees face Leicester they will be coming up against the league's top scorer in Jamie Vardy who this season broken a Premier League record by scoring in 11 consecutive games.

Everton have the league's second top scorer in their ranks - who has scored in each of his last six appearances - and Martinez was asked whether he feels Romelu Lukaku could at least equal the record set by Vardy.

“I don’t think a striker tries to break records, what is important is having a consistent level of performance," Martinez said. "Romelu has been very consistent and there’s been a real difference in his maturity.”

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