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Traore will not affect style says Martinez

EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez may have signed one of the tallest players in European football, but he insists Lacina Traore's giant stature reflects the club's ambition and not a change in style.

The 6ft 8in Ivory Coast international has signed on loan from Monaco, having rejected West Ham for Martinez's purer footballing principals.

The Toffees boss insists they will not change even with the biggest of big front men up top.

Romelu Lukaku's ankle injury, likely to keep him out for several weeks, means there is a void at centre-forward, but Traore is still at least 10 days away from full fitness after a hamstring issue.

"What we don't want is to rush Lacina and then he breaks down and we can't have him for the whole season," said Martinez.

"He is technically very gifted, he has a real understanding of the space and combination play around him and is really quick with his penetrating runs, he is a real athlete.

"But we will never change the way we are as a team; our footballing concepts are really clear, but the personnel changes bring little tricks and different aspects of our attacking play."

Traore believes a spell working under Martinez can help him secure a place in the Ivory Coast's World Cup squad.

"I looked at the styles of play of the two teams we are talking about and the way in which Everton play is more of a passing side and that style suited my technical ability," said the 23-year-old.

"I want to be able to be performing at my absolute top level if I can and I am aware at the back of my mind the World Cup is looming."


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