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Cuco Martina’s Everton shirt number revealed

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When Everton announced the signing of Cuco Martina on a free transfer from Southampton, the news did not include which first team number the versatile defender would wear during the 2017-18 campaign.

However, those of us at Royal Blue Mersey have done what you might call a little investigative journalism, and discovered that the Curacao international will wear the #15 shirt.

via EvertonDirect

When you visit Everton’s official online store, a “Martina 15” is one of the options now available from the squad.

Cuco joins luminaries such as Alan Stubbs, Sylvain Distin, and of course Tom Cleverley in the Everton annals of the #15 kit.

While the number is not particularly suitable for a right back (thanks a lot, Morgan), it is one of the better first team choices available. Among others, both 14 and 13 remain open to any new arrivals. To date, no one has taken Enner Valencia’s #19, either.

Martina signed a three year deal with the Blues, and is expected to make his debut this week in Holland or Belgium as the club continue their preseason preparations. Given his familiarity with Ronald Koeman, it would not be a surprise if Martina was in line to start the Europa League match on July 27 over Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate.