Martinez to secure future of Irish aces
ROBERTO Martinez believes that James McCarthy warrants comparison with some of Everton's greatest ever midfielders and is planning to offer him a new contract this summer, along with Seamus Coleman, as he looks to tie down his Irish stars.
The Spaniard has consistently made it clear that he intends to offer Coleman a new deal in the summer, especially with reported interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
Indeed, speaking on Irish duty, McCarthy urged his employers to move quickly and offer fresh terms to his good pal, even though he is under contract until 2018.
Now it has emerged that Martinez also intends to give the Glaswegian a bump in his own wage packet, despite the fact he is less than a season at the club.
Coleman is set to move into the £50,000-a-week bracket, while McCarthy could expect to move into the £40,000-a-week territory.
His boss feels that the quality of his play since arriving from Wigan is up to the standard set by the Holy Trinity of Alan Ball, Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall in a successful spell between 1967 and 1971.
"I think James knows exactly the way I like that midfield role to be played, but he also fits so well into the Everton culture," said Martinez.
"You always talk about the midfield Trinity at Everton and I think Ball, Harvey and Kendall would be extremely proud of James McCarthy.
"His work-rate, his willingness to play for the team... technically he's as good as you're going to get and the way he looks after himself, allows himself to be physically always pristine.
"He has been enjoying his football and has been performing very well and I think he has developed a great relationship with Gareth Barry – it's always important to have those relationships.
"The exciting part is that he is always so reliable and you always know what he is going to offer to the side, so he has been a very important player to us and, hopefully, there are many years to come."
Martinez naturally views Coleman as part of his vision, along with rising English talents Ross Barkley and John Stones – hence his desire to move them up the payscale.
"We are already thinking about Ross, John Stones and Seamus," said Martinez.
"I call it the young generation coming through. We want to reward them, even James McCarthy. That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts.
"It is not a decision just to keep them at the club, it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances.
"The way we work, there is a structure in the salaries and everything goes down to your role at the club.
"James has now gone past the role that he was expected to have. I think that he has become an important member of the squad and that needs to be rewarded in his salary.
"We just want to make sure that we grow together and we need players like Seamus and James."