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Everton: Happiest of the transfer window?

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In my opinion, Everton had the most successful transfer window out of all the Premier League clubs.

There squad is no doubt improved greatly after the seven signings in and only two out. Great business indeed.

Lets start with Arouna Kone. Having impressed last season at Wigan, Martinez decided to bring his former player to Everton. With no goals in three cameo appearances, things haven't worked out just yet, but his time will come.

The next, Antolin Alcaraz, another former player that used to work for Martinez, is not going to be a regular starter for the blues, but will be a good squad player and will provide good cover.

The third signing was Joel Robles, and yes, he also played under Martinez at Wigan. He is young and got to learn a lot, but will be Tim Howard's replacement in coming years, and is certainly one for the future.

You can start to see a pattern emerging here can't you. The fourth signing, done in the last minute of deadline day is James McCarthy, and yeah, you guessed it, he also played for Wigan under Martinez. He will be a good replacement for Marouane Fellaini and at 22, is still young and can develop into one of the finest Premier League midfielders.

This one has never played under Roberto Martinez before, Gerard Deulofeu, a fantastic young player on loan from Barcelona, he will be terrorising defences this season, that's for sure.

The next is Gareth Barry, an experienced midfielder who will keep things ticking over, signed on a loan for the season, will be a excellent acquisition and will fit into the squad perfectly.

I've saved the best till last. Romelu Lukaku, signed on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The Belgian hit man netted 17 goals in 20 games last season, and with his goals, Everton could be serious contenders for Europe.

Here are the prices of the incomers at Goodison Park:

Arouna Kone (Wigan, £5m), Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan, free), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, season-long loan), James McCarthy (Wigan, undisclosed), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, season-long loan) Gareth Barry ( Manchester City, season-long loan).

Even though Everton lost Victor Anichebe and Marouane Fellani, they have more than made up for it and have come out a lot stronger than they went in to the transfer window. Well done Roberton Martinez.

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