Everton chief excited by January arrival

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the ability and determination of January signing Lacina Traore.

The 6ft. 8” Ivorian signed on loan for the Toffees at the back end of last month from Monaco – whom he has only joined a matter of days before from AnzhI Makhachkala.

Having arrived with a hamstring injury Traore has been unable to make his debut for the Merseysiders, who are battling for a top four finish.

Martinez believes that the 23-year-old has all of the technical ability to succeed in the English game and the physical presence to make him a nightmare for defenders:

“His co-ordination for such a tall guy is quite rare and I think that is where his biggest strength is.” He is quoted by The Express.

“Technically he is very gifted and the combination play in the final third is as good as it gets.

“As a striker he has all the attributes you wouldn’t expect to have in a tall guy and that is what makes him quite rare because he has the physical presence to be a target man in open play.

“He is very different to what we have got.

“He is stronger than I thought and he has an incredible appetite for his debut.

“You don’t get many foreign players who come to a club and show that appetite for the league.”

Traore could make his first appearance for Everton against Tottenham this afternoon, with Martinez desperate to get him action following Romelu Lukaku’s injury.

The on-loan Belgian is set for a few weeks on the sidelines after hobbling out of the Merseyside derby.


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