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Martinez Shrugs Off Potential January Signings

The manager discusses his plans (or lack thereof) for the January transfer window.

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Everton manager, Roberto Martinez hinted to the press this week that the club would probably not be very active during the January transfer window. This falls in line with how the club has been run since the Spaniard took over for David Moyes. The biggest winter window moves during his tenure have been bringing Aiden McGeady in on a permanent deal from Spartak Moscow in January 2014 and getting Aaron Lennon on Loan from Spurs this past February.

Martinez alluded to the fact that he wants to complete the campaign with the current squad and if they do make any moves, they would likely not be at the senior level:

"It will be very important for us to make sure that the window that is going to open in the winter is gives us a bit more normality...(We may) look at the younger groups more than the first team level.

We want to make sure we get a clear 10-month competition out of this squad, then it will be the summer when we reassess where we are and where we should go.

We wouldn't be looking to the winter as a moment to make significant changes."

Interesting quotes considering that injuries have exposed the Toffee's lack of depth and experience this season particularly in defense.

One could make an argument that Martinez makes a good point about keeping the same squad together for the entire season. There was a lot of turnover this past summer and it will take time for the newer members to gel and find their spots in the first team. You could also point out that the club has not been picking up the results they need and are further down the table than would be expected.

Continuing from last season is the popular discussion of what to do with the goal keeping situation. To many, Tim Howard is past his prime and is no longer able to compete at the elite level that the Premier League requires. His back up Joel has shown flashes of talent but remains inconsistent.

The winter transfer window could be a good time to bring in competition for those two as there could be teams in sell-mode. However the manager seems content with holding on to what cash he has left and preparing himself for summer.

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