Alcaraz completes move to Everton

Roberto Martinez has hardly wasted any time in getting Everton suited to his style of management having already brought in players and stuff that had previously worked with him at Wigan.

Well, it seems like this trend is set to continue as former Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz has completed his move to Everton after his contract expired at the DW Stadium last summer.

The Paraguayan had spent 3 years with Martinez at Wigan when he joined the Latics from Club Brugge in summer of 2010.

Alcaraz had obviously done enough to prove to Martinez that he was worthy of retaining his place in the Premier League by signing a 2 year deal at Goodison Park.

By signing Alcaraz, Everton will be hoping to fill the void left by former captain Phil Neville who retired from professional football at the end of last season.

The Paraguayan will be hoping to staying injury free after arriving at Merseyside following a string of fitness problems that hampered him last season at Wigan.

A persistent groin injury last year meant that Alcaraz only made 14 appearances for Wigan over the course of last season and failed to get on the scoresheet for all of last year.

It countered some of the good momentum the player had earned over the previous 2 seasons before that where the 30 year old made 59 appearances and scored 3 goals for Wigan.

This has also be coupled with a good run in the Paraguayan national team with Alcaraz having earned 24 caps for his country and scoring 2 goals.

But Alcaraz isn’t the only new signing to arrive at Everton with The Toffees having also completed the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Joel Robles on a free transfer.

Robles, was available on a free transfer after his Atletico Madrid contract expired in the summer having only made 2 appearances for the Spanish giants in the past 3 years.

But the Spaniard is no stranger to Martinez who had signed the goalkeeper on loan last season at Wigan where he made 8 appearances and kept a clean sheet in their memorable FA Cup final win over Man City back in May.

Robles’ arrival will no doubt give Tim Howard some competition for the No. 1 shirt having been the undisputed first choice at Everton for the past several years.

With these two new arrivals, it’s clear that Martinez is eager to turn to some of his former players to help Everton break into the top four for the first time in a decade.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!