Roberto Martinez is not prepared to give his players

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is not prepared to give his players an easy way into the first-team. After a spell on the sidelines due to injuries, defender Leighton Baines has returned back to contention for a starting spot.

The England international would normally be expected to walk straight back into the starting line-up. However, this has not been the case since Baines has been put on the dugout as he waits for his turn. Bryan Oviedo was his replacement and the 25-year-old has been able to grasp this opportunity with both hands.

Barnsley managed to get a positive result in the sectional finals

Barnsley managed to get a positive result in the sectional finals against Fleetwood Town in the first leg.

The 1-1 draw in the away match gives only hope that they can finally win the title with a victory in the second leg, which will be at home. Victory against Fleetwood Town in the second leg will provide Barnsley with a date at the new Wembley for the first time since 2008. The club has had a good run in cup competitions like the FA Cup, but they have not been successful in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in recent times.

Chelsea are reportedly contemplating an approach for defender John Stones

Chelsea are reportedly contemplating an approach for defender John Stones in January.

The Everton defender was subjected to several offers from the Premier League champions in the summer. However, the Everton manager Roberto Martinez was steadfast in his decision that the young defender would not be sold under any circumstance. This proved to be the case since it is believed that Everton rejected a whopping £ 35 million offer from Chelsea. This would have made Stones as the most expensive defender in English football history.

Liverpool can benefit from Chelsea Slump

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Former Manchester United and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes that new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will look towards taking advantage of Chelsea’s poor run of form right now. It has been a poor defence to the league title by the reigning English champions.

They have already suffered more defeats than they did through the entire last season. Chelsea had been good at home under Jose Mourinho but even this form has been looking shaky with defeats against the likes of Southampton. The run appears to get tougher with a game against Liverpool coming up, and with Mourinho now pushed to one side.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has steadied the ship

After a few wobbles in the early part of the season, it looks like Everton manager Roberto Martinez has steadied the ship.

The team are only a couple of points away from European qualification. He has been able to once again get the best out of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker is in his second permanent season with Everton. The last campaign did not go well for the youngster as he appeared to struggle with the £ 28 million transfer fee on his head. Now, though, performances have improved a lot from the youngster and he is one of the top scorers in the Premier league with seven league goals.

Phil Jagielka and John Stones shows best Performance

Everton’s defensive duo – Phil Jagielka and John Stones – once again showed why why their team were bookmaker favourites after putting in an extraordinary display in the recent game against Swansea.

Everton failed to secure a victory and could only manage a 0-0 draw, but it was the third clean sheet for the team in the opening six matches. Roberto Martinez went to great lengths in order to keep Stones at the club amidst interest from Chelsea during the summer. He is now rewarded with some excellent performances by the former Barnsley defender.

EVERTON HOLD FIRM

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Roberto Martinez put foot down and sent a clear message across that no matter how high an amount gets offered, Everton is not going to sell John Stones this summer.

It’s been a very interesting situation at Everton regarding Stones. Chelsea, the England top tier champions made as many as three bids for the young defender, and Stones himself let his current employers know that he wanted to move to Stamford Bridge, but still the move didn't happen.

Roberto Martinez still wants to sign Tom Cleverley from Manchester United

Everton’s Roberto Martinez has been attempting to sign Tom Cleverley since last year. In the previous season, Martinez launched an offer for the 25 year old midfielder but a deal could never be completed however this won’t stop the manager of Everton to continue luring Cleverley into Goodison Park.

"We know the situation with Tom. He's a player I know well, I've worked with him.’’ Roberto Martinez said.

Ross Barkley was a huge part in England’s U21 team

Ross Barkley was a huge part in England’s U21 team that recently qualified for the European championships. However, manager Gareth Southgate has left him out of the under 21 squad for the tournament itself.

Roberto Martinez concerned about change of Agent by Romelu Lukaku

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that he is more concerned by the fact that striker Romelu Lukaku has changed his agent midway through the season.

The Belgian international joined the club in the summer from Chelsea for a club record fee of £ 28 million, but he has struggled to have the same kind of impact that he had last time around. Everton were persuaded into spending this amount of money on the player after he had an excellent loan spell last season. Still just 21 years old, Lukaku is expected to grow into a much better player than he is currently.

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