Roberto Martinez’s flaws as a manger are now visible for all to see as Everton continue to struggle in the Premier League.
Martinez’s stock has been extremely high over the last few years as he guided Wigan to safety in 2011/12 after they seemed destined for the drop. Then against all the odds the Spaniard took his team to Wembley and beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup in 2013.
What most people forget is that just a few days later his side were relegated to Championship and as they finished 18th in the league table. With everyone singing his praises he got himself a move to Everton. In his first season he did remarkably well as they finished 5th, securing European football.
This season however the flaws have started to show, similar flaws he showed during his time at Wigan. During Martinez’s time a Wigan his defence consistently leaked goals. In 2009 Wigan were thrashed 9-1 and 8-0 in the same season.
Although that hasn’t happened at Everton, they have already conceded 28 goals as we are half way through the league season. In the whole of last season Everton conceded just 39 goals, only Manchester City and Chelsea boasted a better record.
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Leaking goals was a big problem at Wigan and it looks to be continuing at his reign on Merseyside.
It’s not just at the back Martinez where has had problems throughout his managerial career but up front too. So far Everton have scored just 27 goals this season. In only two of the seven years Martinez spent at Wigan his side scored more than 40 goals.
Depending on where Everton finish this season will go a long way to show how good Martinez actually is. Money and standard of players are not a valid argument for his spells and Wigan and Everton.
If his players weren’t good enough at Wigan they wouldn’t have lasted as long as they did in the Premier League and wouldn’t have won the F.A Cup. He spent a huge amount of money in the summer that is extremely rare to see happening at Goodison Park.
Martinez needs to improve his central defence. Silavn Distan and Phil Jagielka are in their thirties, it’s time he replaced them with younger players.
The problem was the same at Wigan. Until he is able to address such simple issues then he shouldn’t be getting he as much praise as he has been getting in recent years.