Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that Ross Barkley’s recent injury will not affect his transfer window strategy.
Barkley was injured in training during the build-up to Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City.
Though the full extent of the injury is still not known, it has been revealed that the Englishman could be out for up to five months.
Speaking on Everton’s official website, Martinez said, “There are also other players that can play the number 10 position, like Leon Osman, Steven Naismith, even Steven Pienaar.
“We have got players with enough experience, enough know-how, to be able to fill the gap that Ross is going to leave while he is out injured.”
Whilst the Spaniard has not ruled out any further signings, Martinez did say that, “at the moment, the significant moves and signings have been made and now it’s time to work with the team and make sure we interact together and we develop into as good a team as we can be.”
Building for the future
Martinez is hoping to build on last season’s impressive sixth placed finish and has recently spoken of his continued desire to reach the Champions League.
Speaking in the Guardian, he said, “It would be very easy for me to say that it’s not fair to expect us to carry on the level we set last season but that is the expectancy for us, which is why it was very important for us to have continuity in the transfer window.”
The Toffees recently spent £28m on striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea; the Belgian had a successful period on loan last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.
Winger Christian Atsu has also been signed from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal whilst Gareth Barry made last season’s loan move permanent after his contract ran out at Manchester City.
Barkley made 34 league appearances and scored six goals last season and therefore, despite Martinez’s comments, the youngster’s loss is likely to be a big blow.