Charlie Nicholas: The key to Everton's success will be keeping keys players

Roberto Martinez

The Everton manager recently claimed his club is now able to compete with any side financially.

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas, however, says he disagrees with Everton Manager Roberto Martinez over claims about the clubs finances.

The Toffees have long been known as a selling club, having not had the finances to effectively compete with the bigger clubs in the Premier League.

According to Martinez, however, that has now changed, with Farhad Moshiri’s investment in the club coming with the offer of money to spend on transfers. Martinez claimed this week that his side could now compete with any other team in world football financially, but Nicholas says that Everton will still have to sell players who wish to leave.

“I disagreed with that point from Martinez about competing financially with everyone else,” Nicholas told Soccer Saturday.

“Everton still have to be run in a proper business structure. Yes, there’s more investment, but the strength Everton will get from this is maintaining players, rather than spending big.”

“They’re not financially ready to compete with everybody else. They can keep more players, but some will still have to be sold if they want to go.”

The one player who Everton will certainly face a fight to keep this summer is striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has been sensational this season and his performances will not have gone unnoticed by Europe’s elite level teams. Lukaku himself has sparked suggestions of a move away with comments that he wants to play in the Champions League.

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