Premier League preview - Everton

Roberto Martinez is the new man in charge at Everton. Photo: PA

Last season: 6th

With doffed caps and accepting waves Everton fans bid farewell to David Moyes and for the first time in 11 years there is a new face in charge at Goodison Park.

In steps a man who, despite being relegated with Wigan last season, has managed to do what Moyes never has - win a trophy. Roberto Martinez arrives a winner - still sporting the same smile that sparkled when he lifted the FA Cup with Wigan in May.

The Spaniard, once coveted by the red half of Merseyside, often divides opinion but is held in high regard by his peers for his fearless, but tactical approach and is seen by many as the perfect fit for an ambitious Everton side.

His first task remains convincing the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines not to follow Moyes to Old Trafford. If he can keep the backbone to a side that finished above arch rivals Liverpool last season and manage to repeat the same feat, expect any doubters to shy away.

The arrival of young Barcelona prospect Gerard Deulofeu on loan represents a coup for Martinez, and the fact the young Catalonian highlighted the former Swansea boss as the reason for choosing Goodison over a number of other European clubs should excite and encourage Toffee fans.

Martinez has hand-picked his favourites from relegated Wigan to join him on his Everton adventure - Joel Robles will provide long-needed competition to Tim Howard in goal and encouraged the likes of Baines, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas continue to terrorise defenders with wicked balls from the flanks as they have done throughout their Toffees careers, Arouna Kone should hit double figures.

However, another striker could be on the wish list - with Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe not contributing anywhere near enough goals last season.

Having lost their captain as part of the Moyes exodus, Phil Jagielka takes the armband this year and Antolin Alcaraz, Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga provide healthy competition for the other centre-back spot.

Everton played with fluidity and freedom at the end of last season - two attributes already associated with Martinez's style and provided he can install his own system successfully from the off Everton, and the Spaniard, can prove they are good enough to keep pace with the Premier League's elite.

Everton fans will be hoping Arouna Kone can bring his goalscoring form with him.

Player to watch: Gerard Deulofeu - tipped to break into the Barcelona first-team if he does well during his spell in England. Widely regarded throughout Europe, the 19-year-old forward grabbed 18 goals for Barcelona B last season. Expect neat passes and a cool head.

Something to prove: Nikica Jelavic - Suffered from second season syndrome and really struggled to find the net last year. Lacked movement and positioning - the two things that made him so lethal during his inaugural season at Goodison.

Predicted finish: 6th

Title odds: 250/1

Your view: Would you prefer to finish 6th or win a trophy?


@itvfootball Win a Trophy obviously!! Us Everton fans hope to get above LFC every year but we don't win anything by doing so.