Everton manager Roberto Martinez has made his first move into the transfer market and has recruited three players he has previously worked with at Wigan: Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone.

So, what will these players bring to the club? And are the good pieces of business by the manager?

Let's take a closer look.

Joel Robles

Joel Robles has clearly come in as a direct replacement for Everton number two 'keeper Jan Mucha, who has left the club on a free transfer.

Joel is a 23-year-old goalkeeper who has an abundance of enthusiasm for the game and is very committed to every game that he plays. This commitment was seen last year when he helped Wigan win the FA Cup but more so when he cried when Wigan were eventually relegated, even though he was only at the club on loan.

When you look at his reaction compared to some of the players at QPR, it shows that he is willing to play his heart out in every game - an attitude which will be well appreciated by the Everton fans.

He was originally ahead of David De Gea in the Atletico Madrid youth team until an injury meant De Gea took over that position - and obviously he has ended up at Manchester United.

This fact, coupled with his performance in the FA Cup final, shows this player has potential - and by being an understudy to Tim Howard will help to progress his game to the next level.

He will also offer valuable competition for places at Everton and by being signed on a five-year deal should be seen as a long-term investment by the club.

Antolin Alcaraz

The signing of Alcaraz on a free transfer is, in my opinion, a marvellous piece of business for Everton.

Last season he was hit with an injury at the start of the year and only managed to return for the end of the campaign, but his return was pivotal in Wigan winning the FA Cup.

In the final he proved what a quality defender he can be as he managed to keep the attacking talents of Manchester City, which included the likes of Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero at bay.

I don’t think he will be a regular starter in the Everton team as it will be difficult to break the solid partnership that Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin have created over the last couple of season.

However, what he does bring is strength in depth which could be critical if one of the previous centre-backs picks up an injury during the season. Last year if Distin or Jagielka were injured Johnny Heitinga was expected to fill the void, but his performance were below-par and often he looked out of his depth in the defensive line.

Alcaraz is a seasoned professional, who is calm under pressure and able to slot into the defensive lines to cover injuries to his team-mates.

Arouna Kone

The signing of Kone was the first transfer under Martinez and has been received by mixed emotions by Everton fans.

Last season the Everton attacker was, at times, lacking in terms of quality, with Nikica Jelavic not recapturing his form from the previous season and Victor Anichebe only managing to score six goals in the league.

Therefore the signing of Kone may be seen as a useful addition to the squad and could become the club's first-choice striker in this forthcoming season.

In a team that was fighting relegation, Kone still managed to hit double figures with 11 goals in the league and by playing with a better squad around him this figure could easily increase.

He is a forward who is strong enough to hold the ball up but, more importantly, he has a turn of pace to run in behind and stretch the defensive line.

The issues which have arisen from this transfer is the fee that the club have paid to Wigan for the forwards services. This is a huge investment from Everton, who are a club that have been well documented to have a restricted transfer budget. Therefore many fans will ask is a 29-year-old forward who has just suffered relegation worth the fee which has been paid by the club.

Overall these doubters of Kone will soon be won over if he manages to score the goals in the first few weeks of the season.  

 

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