Roberto Martinez was keen to emphasize that there’s a bright future ahead on the pitch for Everton in a recent interview with some local supporter-run outlets.
At the end of a season, which saw the Toffees regress from daring and diligent to often shackled and occasionally soporific, the Catalonian was trying to paint a picture of prosperous campaigns come.
As an eminently positive individual, that’s to be expected. And with a core of vibrant young players, primarily consisting of John Stones, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, he’s probably right.
But when pressed on whether the club would be willing to…