Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that this summer’s transfer window may end in a last ditch scramble to get signings through the door.
The Toffees are set for a big few months in terms of securing additions, with last season’s impressive displays having guaranteed Europa League football at Goodison Park for 2014/15.
A number of the players that fired the Merseysiders to success – Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu – were loanees, which could result in a large void being left in Martinez’s first XI if they head off.
With added fixtures and possible losses, Everton have already been linked with a number of players amid talk that they may look to tie up deal quickly in order to ensure they’re prepared for a gruelling season.
But Martinez feels that the transfer window could be tricky, and that deals may have to wait until the very end of the summer:
“I do feel we have to be really clear in what we need, who we bring in, and it is going to take until the last day of the window to finalise the squad.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.
“It is a World Cup year and things will get delayed and certain situations will be worth us waiting until the last second to see if they happen or not and that is something we are well in control of.
“We have our targets and we have highlighted the positions we need to bring players in.
Martinez went on to say that he may also look to his young players for next term:
“I also have a few young players who will be given an opportunity in pre-season and depending on how they do they will fill some of those positions in the first-team squad.
“I think our young players next season will have a massive say in how good we are going to be.”