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Everton: Martinez influential to early success

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When David Moyes departed Everton for the iconic Manchester United hot seat, many Everton fans were worried.

A man who had nurtured the Everton team for 11 years had moved on, leaving Everton with the decision to appoint a fresh face. 

Bill Kenwright wasted no time at all appointing Roberto Martinez less than a week after Moyes moved on.

Moyes left Everton in a state of equilibrium after transforming Everton into a top half team during his reign. Whoever was to take charge had an exciting opportunity with a great set of players.

Martinez was provided with the task of taking on Everton and some did question how it would work?

His tactics were in stark contrast to those of Moyes. How was he to make a solid team which would often look out wide to get balls in to the box; change their tactics and play the ball?

Martinez provided anyone with doubt, an answer the second Everton started their 2013/14 campaign.

Everton's team appeared extremely comfortable in possession and were happy to be on the ball. So far this season, Everton are undefeated and won again last weekend against West Ham away from home.

Two free-kicks resulted in two pieces of sheer excellence from Leighton Baines, while a headed goal from Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku sealed Everton a 3-2 win away from home.

Martinez lined up his Everton side in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Ross Barkley - the young emerging talent playing just off Nikica Jelavić and Lukaku in the second half.

His decision to change his team and bring on Lukaku was game-changing - Lukaku and Barkley formed a deadly partnership which scared the West Ham defence.

His side played the ball very confidently and were happy to wait for a pass to develop the attack.

Barkley seems to be one of Roberto's missions and he is pushing him as far as he can to allow him to unlock his full potential.

Barkley was given the freedom to run at defenders and often found the striker ahead of him.

He has oozed confidence since Martinez brought him into the team, a fantastic move from Martinez.

Barkley had made such an impact in the opening few games that he was provided an England call-up earlier this month for the games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Although Barkley did not start he did feature and this was surely a large confident boost for the 19-year-old.

Martinez has usually lined his teams up with one striker allowing his midfield to dominate and to see as much of the ball as possible.

Martinez made his previous team Wigan Athletic play the ball as much as he could. However at Everton, he has players with greater talent allowing him to utilise his tactics as best he can.

The Goodison Park boss has made an impact quite quickly and has surely won over the Everton fans with his sides' confidence in possession and their unbeaten start.

His appointment seeming increasingly more intelligent and excellent business from Bill Kenwright, leaving the Toffees faithful to ask the question, David who?

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