Within weeks of the 2014-15 campaign finishing, Everton had made early moves for Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu and everything looked rosy. Pre-season had better organisation and the mistakes from the previous seasons build up looked to be averted.
Several weeks on and key members are missing due to a hamstring curse and there have been no more new arrivals.
Fans have been crying out for a new striker to push Romelu Lukaku and prove, as a back-up, more reliable than Aroune Kone.
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An experienced back-up centre-half is also required to add to the excellent youngsters coming through.
But the main missing ingredient in Everton's line up is the 'number 10' position. With Kevin Mirallas and Deulofeu both to be utilised out wide, Ross Barkley looks like the only player even close to filling the position, but he has failed to impress and Martinez is likely to use him deeper this forthcoming campaign.
Fans expecting a marquee signing
Steven Naismith is a willing candidate, but he lacks the technical ability to play a killer pass and form a deadly partnership with Lukaku.
Everton have used the late 'deal tactic' to good effect in recent years. But with all the money coming into the club via the TV deals and decreasing debt levels, fans were expecting a marquee signing pictured in blue and white prior to this point.
So with three key positions still outstanding, why is taking so long and are there deals already in the pipeline?
Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked in recent weeks with rumours circling that negotiations have been ongoing since a deal fell through which would have seen him at Stoke City.
Everton certainly have the pulling power and star players already at the club to interest a player of this ilk, but a lot will depend on the competition for his signature.
Charlie Austin has been a lazy link all summer and every centre-back under the sun has been found on Everton gossip pages. Nemanja Vidic being the most frequent link.
Winning start is a must
One thing is for certain: frustration within Goodison Park will be lifted if late signings are made and three points are gained from the opening fixture with Watford.
No signings and no points would be footballing suicide for the future of Martinez at Goodison.
All Evertonians are hoping for the Spaniard to pull a few more rabbits out of the hat. It certainly makes for interesting prior to the September deadline.
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