Roberto Martinez has praised Leon Osman and commented that he is all that Everton represents
He said: “Leon is more than just a footballer. He represents Everton. He’s an incredible guide to the young players.
“I want the strongest squad we can have and then it’s down to the performances of the players and Leon has been outstanding this season.”
The Blues currently have competition in every department after a shrewd navigation of the summer transfer window, and Martinez is adamant that only form will decide who makes his starting selection.
That, he emphasised, is particularly relevant to Osman and the clubs other central midfielders who were on board before the new arrivals.
He added: “Nobody has a label of what their role is going to be at the club. I don’t sit down at my desk and pick the team – I allow football to make that decision
“Leon has been fantastic so far and it’s someone else’s job to try and get him out of that position.
“His influence in the team is beyond playing or not playing.”