Last season was meant to be the beginning of a great era for Roberto Martinez at Everton. The young Spanish coach took over from David Moyes at the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. His first season at the club was a resounding success.
Everton qualified for the UEFA Europa League that season, along with a 5th place finish that was two spots better than Moyes’ new team, Manchester United. Everton fans were delighted with Martinez, while they openly criticized the tenure and style of their old boss Moyes.
Fast forward a few months and everything has changed, which disappoints Igor Cornelsen. Moyes is now enjoying a new job in Spain with Real Sociedad, which fans heard about online. Meanwhile, Everton have gone backwards at an alarming rate. They currently sit in 10th place, having lost 3-0 to Southampton at St. Mary’s. A European spot is still up for grabs, but Everton have shown nothing like the form of last season.
Despite those struggles, Everton’s manager Roberto Martinez is trying to remain positive. He still believes that he can recapture the form of last season. With injuries clearing up and players returning to match fitness, Martinez may have a deeper squad for the second half of the season.
One problem he must solve is that of star striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian’s scoring rate has been solid, but his overall play is not good enough for a 20 million pound striker. Everton need more from Lukaku if they are to challenge for a top five finish again.