The former Everton manager is being linked with Aston Villa’s vacancy.
The former Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, is being linked with the vacant Aston Villa position.
According to Sky Sports, Martinez is in the frame to succeed Steve Bruce should Thierry Henry, his Belgium assistant coach, fail to get the job.
But which players might the Spaniard fancy if he is indeed appointed at Villa Park? HITC Sport takes a look…
Phil Jagielka (Everton)
John Terry’s summer departure has left a gaping hole in the Aston Villa defence – one which could be filled by the veteran Everton captain. Jagielka is in the final year of his contract at Goodison Park, where he was a regular under Martinez, and could find himself down the pecking order once Yerry Mina is fit.
James McCarthy (Everton)
Although Villa aren’t short of central midfielders, Martinez is unlikely to pass up an opportunity to reunite with the player he signed for both Wigan Athletic and Everton. McCarthy suffered a broken leg earlier this year, and a January loan move could be in store as he works his way back to full fitness.
Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland)
Aston Villa tried and failed to recruit a new left-back in the summer transfer window, leaving the unorthodox Alan Hutton and unfancied Neil Taylor as primary options in the position. And Oviedo is one player Martinez could have his eye on, should the Spaniard move to Villa Park. The Sunderland star made more appearances under Martinez at Everton (43) than he has any manager throughout his senior career.