Three former players Roberto Martinez could target if he becomes Aston Villa manager

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

The former Everton manager is being linked with Aston Villa's vacancy.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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)

Phil Jagielka of Eveton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

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)

James McCarthy of Everton before the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on January 20, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

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)

Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Scunthorpe United at Stadium of Light on August 19, 2018 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

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.

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