Everton manager Roberto Martinez
It certainly came as a surprise to many earlier this week when the former Everton manager Roberto Martinez was appointed as head coach of the Belgian national team.
Belgium, ranked second in the FIFA World Rankings, sacked coach Marc Wilmots after their poor showing at Euro 2016 and amid rumours of a divide in the dressing room.
Belgium were praised for their attacking football in France but injuries left their defence in a mess and Wilmots was criticised for the poor organisation of the team.
Leaving many Everton fans to wonder, how is Martinez going to improve Belgium’s defence.
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It was also the thought that popped into the head of Match of the Day presenter and former Everton striker Gary Lineker.
He sent out this tweet not long after the news was announced earlier in the week…
Roberto Martinez is the new coach of Belgium. Wish him well in turning a side that plays really open into one that plays....really open.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 3, 2016
Martinez struggled to get his defence operating successfully in his final two seasons at Everton – with John Stones, Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman’s form all dipping.
Belgium have plenty of options in the back-four, but when injuries hit they find themselves exposed and Martinez will no doubt have a fight on his hand keeping Belgium tight at the back.
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