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Martinez Rules Out Winter Defender Purchase

With Phil Jagielka close to a return, Roberto Martinez thinks his defensive corps are set for the rest of the year.

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Roberto Martinez has ruled out the purchase of any defenders when the transfer window opens in January. With the return of captain Phil Jagielka coming soon, the Everton manager thinks that his side should fare well throughout the remainder of the season.

Even with the loss of Tyias Browning thinning out Everton's defensive ranks, Martinez was as optimistic as ever and has faith in his squad,

"I think we need to be realistic. Our squad is big enough, our squad is strong and we have a great balance of experience and talent."

Martinez has never been one to make any big purchases in the winter transfer window and I expect that trend to remain this year as well. Unless John Stones leaves or there are several long-term injuries, it's doubtful there are any purchases. The most we may see is a loan or a cheap purchase for a youngster from a lower division.

Realistically, Everton's defensive depth is not as bad as this ESPN FC article says it is. Brendan Galloway may have been filling in well as a left back but his natural position is central defense. Galloway should be able to spell Leighton Baines or one of the center backs should any injuries occur. It's always fun to speculate prior to the transfer season, but Martinez has always shown faith in his squad and it would be a big surprise to see him go against his ways.