Everton transfers: Tony Cottee outlines three positions Martinez must strengthen this summer

Everton need three signings this summer, according to Tony Cottee.

Former Everton striker and current pundit Tony Cottee has told Sky Sports that he thinks the Toffees need to make three key signings this summer.

The Toffees have massively underachieved this season, as they currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table, a huge 13 points off a top four place.

Manager Roberto Martinez has come in for stern criticism this season, given that Everton aren't even in the top half of the table, and some even want the Spaniard sacked from his role at Goodison Park.

Martinez should have plenty of money to spend this summer, thanks to the new-found investment from Farhad Moshiri, and Everton certainly need a number of signings to solve some of the problems which have haunted them throughout this season.

Now, former Everton striker and current pundit Tony Cottee has told Sky Sports that he thinks Everton must strengthen three key positions: goalkeeper, centre back and holding midfield.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard is leaving the club for Colorado Rapids this summer, centre back John Stones will be targeted by some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League, whilst defensive midfielder Gareth Barry is now 35 - all of which has prompted Cottee to suggest that all three positions need attention this summer.

"I don’t think Everton are that far away," said Cottee. "You look at the spine of the team, with Lukaku, Barkley and Stones - that’s three fantastic players there and going forward you’d think they’d be fine."

"They’ve got a good squad now. I think they need to add to it defensively. They need a goalkeeper, certainly, and maybe another centre back and perhaps another holding midfielder. Obviously something’s not quite working because of the goals they’ve conceded," he added.

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