Roberto Martinez believes that his side can become a European contender even though their recent loss to Southampton put them on the back foot to secure the fourth place spot for next years UEFA Champions League, according to Daily Mail.

However, the Everton manager sees the club supporting his intentions of bringing in fresh talent in order to boost the squad’s depth should they prepare to battle in Europe.

“It’s not about improving the squad, it’s about increasing it,” said Martinez. “When you are playing in Europe you need six or seven new players. That’s the reality and we will do that. I get excited about bringing new players in. You need fresh blood.

“We’ve got incredible senior players: Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Leon Osman, James McCarthy. Those players hold the dressing room together but we need fresh talent and fresh additions to help the team.

“In another season, the 69 points we have would have been Champions League football. With the heritage and history we have, we should be aiming for the Champions League. 

“I’m excited about the players we have and the football we’ve played this season has been phenomenal.

“I think we’re on the right path with the right people, it’s just an adventure that we need to carry on growing and experiencing.”

Martinez believes that his side’s loss to Southampton was down to the lack of experience from his younger players, who stepped in for their older team-mates.

“Sometimes you just need that little bit of experience to get through those tough moments,” added Martinez.

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