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Everton vs Newcastle United: Roberto Martinez Pre-Match Quotes

Niasse not a back up, says Martinez

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The excitement of transfer deadline day is over and its now time to focus on getting a much needed three points at home Wednesday evening against Newcastle United. Ahead of the Magpies' visit, Everton manager Roberto Martinez sat down with the assembled media for his pre-match presser.

Yesterday's big signing eclipsed the recent league form and criticism of key players, and the Senegalese was the subject of Martinez's first question.

"We're very pleased to bring Oumar because we've been tracking him for a long time," said Niasse's new manager.

"He is going bring something completely different from anything of our attacking players. He had a real desire to join us, he has incredible hunger and will fit into our dressing room."

He continued:

"He's not back-up for anyone, he's got his own ability, his own conditions, he is someone who can stretch defenders, he can cope with the physicality of the Premier league straight away.

"We need to get him back to full fitness as quick as we can.

"If you look at the amount of assists rather than the goals he scores he is a striker that can fit in different formations."

As far as outgoings were concerned on Monday, the Toffees allowed Aiden McGeady to join Sheffield Wednesday on-loan until the end of the season.

"I don't think it's a decision that affects the long-term planning, Aiden needed to play and the next four months are vital in terms of getting some playing time." Explained the Spaniard, "if everything works well and he's got the opportunity to represent Ireland in the Euros, at a very important period in his career."

The attention then turned to John Stones, who has recently received criticism from just about all corners of football - Paul Merson coming to mind...but Roberto was keen to defend his prized centre-half.

"When you reach the level John has you are going to be scrutinised," said the gaffer. "John understands that. He is working very hard to keep himself fit and to produce his best level."

"He has had an incredible season so far for a young man." He carried on, "He has been through a lot in the last eight months and has been incredibly professional throughout and is growing all the time. It is not an issue."

Focusing more on tomorrow evening and beyond - Martinez said:

"We have three very important league games in a short period of time.

"Our points return at home hasn't been good enough. I think we can correct that. We need to be solid in terms of leaking goals that have cost us."

In terms of team news, Martinez revealed that Muhammed Besic will be sidelined for another 'couple of weeks' and Kevin Mirallas is 'two or three days away from joining the group'.

The manager also sprung the surprise that could sadistically please some Evertonians:

"Tim Howard had a knock in training yesterday. He's had a scan but we'll see what the situation is before the game."