Roberto Martinez believes Everton can still land their summer transfer targets despite not being in Europe.
The Blues’ hopes of securing European football for a second successive season quickly faded after a desperately poor run that saw them win just two of 16 league games.
Three consecutive victories have since helped move Everton up the table, easing concerns that Martinez’s side would get dragged into a relegation fight.
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Everton are now targeting a top half finish, but will still be far off the pace in the battle for European qualification.
Martinez, however, does not see that being a problem as he looks to add “fresh blood” to the squad this summer.
“As a football club now we are representing a lot more than what we have done in the last 10 months,” Martinez said.
“There is a bigger picture than that, there is a real understanding of the way we want to play, how special we are as a football club and there are a lot of players who have shown their desire to be part of our football club.
“So I don’t think we are relying on what we’ve done in the last 10 months in order to attract players. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I do feel that the biggest strength is what we have in the dressing room. We have two groups: one with a real good experience and understanding and another with great talent and bravery.
Martinez does, however, feel the experience of competing in the Europa League this season, where the Blues reached the last 16, has helped him have a clearer picture of the type of player he wants to bring in from the continent.
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“The experiences we had playing in different countries allows you to see the specifics of those leagues and it gives you a lot of information and knowing those sorts of players what they have been through,” the Everton manager said.
“It really helps to see us playing against those teams. It gives you a clear indication of how they can perform.”
Martinez, who takes his side to Swansea City on Saturday, went on to say: “The next seven games are going to give us a lot of information and why it is an important period for us.
“People from the outside will see Everton and say we are going through the motions, but that is not the case.
“The reality is that the young players this season have been on an incredible learning curve and those experiences are going to help us a lot in going forward.”