Talksport pundit praises Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez

Everton have underperformed in the Premier League under Roberto Martinez this season.

Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy had positive words about Everton manager Roberto Martinez on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, April 25).

Martinez has come under pressure this season due to Everton’s disappointing performances and results in the Premier League.

The Toffees were expected to challenge for a top-six finish in the league this season, but the Merseyside outfit may not even end up in the top 10.

Everton’s hopes of winning the FA Cup this campaign were dashed at the weekend when they lost 2-1 to Premier League rivals Manchester United at London’s Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals of the prestigious cup competition.

Martinez has come under criticism from fans and pundits alike, but ex-Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy has made some positive comments about the former Swansea City and Wigan Athletic manager, highlighting the signings he has made for Everton since his appointment (although it should be noted that John Stones joined Everton when David Moyes was in charge).

“Lukaku came to Everton partly persuaded by him, Stones was signed by him, Barkley has been given the role he has got now, that free role he plays every week because of Martinez’s system if you like,” said Murphy on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, April 25).

“There are some things he has done that are positive, and he hasn’t had a lot to spend. The summer when they signed Lukuku, that was all their budget really. They didn’t sign too many more.”

Striker Romelu Lukaku joined Everton from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer of 2014 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £28 million.

Defender John Stones moved to the Toffees from Barnsley in January 2013 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth about £3m.

Everton are 11th in the Premier League table at the moment with 41 points from 34 matches.

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