ROBERTO MARTINEZ is targeting not only those players with talent but the ones with the right temperament as well.
There are plenty in the Everton squad at present. Plenty of players who are made up of what Martinez will be hoping for.
But this is a squad that he wants to improve upon and add to.
Yet if he is to do so then the Spaniard says he needs to strike a balance and recruit those with bags of ability and the required attitude.
“We need to make sure that we bring the right characters as well as the right players to the football club,” he said.
No manager gets every call correct and sometimes the man in charge has to be willing to take a gamble on a player who has a less than perfect track record.
Here we look at some of those players in Everton history that have not been able to match the two sides of the game and those that have carved out careers by being exactly the right characters.
IT will be interesting to know if Nigel Adkins picked the brains of David Moyes before agreeing to sign Royston Drenthe this week.
A transfer deadline day signing in August 2011, the Real Madrid man spent an eventful season long loan at Goodison Park.
Well, it was meant to be a season long loan.
The Dutchman’s poor discipline meant he was told to stay away from the club in mid-April.
Drenthe is a mercurial character and his Blues career would reflect that.
In one breath he would be fantastic but in the next he would be frustrating. The ‘pull your hair out’ type of frustrating.
Remembered as much for incurring the wrath of his manager as his goals and penetrating wing play, Drenthe is exactly the type of player Martinez is looking to avoid this summer.
Andy van der Meyde
THE former Inter Milan man’s private life went into meltdown whilst on Merseyside.
A wicked concoction of personal problems and alcohol meant his Everton career was doomed to failure.
Injury, poor discipline, public spats with the manager and his personal problems all contributed to Van Der Meyde playing just 20 times for the Blues.
“It was because of a lot of reasons. I left my family and my kids because they weren’t in England and I fell in love with somebody else,” he said earlier this year.
“I had problems with my ex-girlfriend and my baby was very sick.
“I had problems with the gaffer David Moyes and that was all my own fault because I made the wrong choices.
“At the time I was not thinking straight.”
After being released by Everton in 2009, Van Der Meyde remained in Liverpool where he admits he took to drugs.
THIS £1m signing lasted less than 12 months at Goodison Park.
But not because of ill-discipline and off-field antics but because he was not up to scratch.
Milligan was not the tough-tackling midfield enforcer they thought they were getting. It was not the second coming of Peter Reid.
He was often judged to ‘go missing’ in games and often fans would accuse him of not trying.
Colin Harvey, the man who bought him, left the club in the October after his signing and though he saw out the season, Howard Kendall sold him back to Oldham Athletic at a £400,000 loss.
THE Australian has never professed to be the most talented footballer in the world.
But what Cahill brought to Everton was invaluable. Priceless.
Heart, desire, courage and the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time were all traits of the midfielder-cum-forward.
Cahill made over 250 starts for the Blues, scoring 68 times, and was part of manager David Moyes’ best ever side.
The former Milwall man, signed for just £2.5m, loved the club and quickly endeared himself to the Everton faithful.
Cahill gave eight seasons of passion and made the very most of his natural abilities.
He was very much the ‘right character’.
THE irony that the burly Argentinean striker joined the club on the same day as Drenthe will not have been lost on David Moyes.
Stracqualursi and Drenthe were like chalk and cheese.
One had bags of ability but not enough of the right attitude whilst the other ran himself into the ground each and every time he pulled on the Royal Blue jersey.
Stracqualursi’s endeavour, grit and wonderful determination made him an instant hero on the terraces.
God loves a trier and, in this case, so did the Blues’ fans.
Stracqualursi made 28 first-team appearances as Everton finished seventh and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.
The workhorse forward scored in ties with Blackpool and Fulham but his strike against Chelsea in the league is one the fans will remember most of all.
He was unable to win himself a permanent contract but has nothing but fond memories of Goodison Park.
“The year at Everton was the best year of my career and I will never forget those amazing fans,” he said.
IT says everything about what Mick Lyons stood for that he is very much rooted in the list of Everton’s cult heroes.
A product of the club’s youth set-up. Lyons poured sweat, blood and tears every time he represented the club.
His total of 445 starts for Everton over the course of 12 seasons is a lasting reminder of just what he brought to the Blues.
For 10 years he was a mainstay of the team and on a number of occasions got labelled with the name ‘Mr Everton’.