Everton’s Phil Jagielka happy with Roberto Martínez’s signings

Everton's Phil Jagielka says he is happy with the arrivals of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy in the summer transfer window

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Roberto Martínez took over from David Moyes at Everton Photo: Back Page Images

Phil Jagielka believes Everton have strength in numbers after Gareth Barry and James McCarthy moved to Goodison Park this summer.

Roberto Martínez recruited experienced Premier League veteran Barry on a season-long loan from Manchester City, while the Toffees spent £13m on Republic of Ireland international McCarthy.

However, 25-year-old Marouane Fellaini did leave the Toffees as the Belgium international completed a much-anticipated £27.5m move to Premier League champions Manchester United.

Despite the departure of the Belgian midfielder, Jagielka is optimistic Martínez can help Everton climb the table.

“The squad has become stronger in numbers but time will tell,” Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo. “It looks good and the manager has done well.

“I know Gaz [Gareth Barry] very well and he’s a fantastic player and James McCarthy played very well for Wigan last year.

“Hopefully the manager can get us playing how he wants to and we can score some goals to get up the league table.”

Jagielka added he would like the transfer window to finish before the Premier League campaign commences.

“It is strange starting the season, playing a few games, and knowing that potentially a few of the players are going to leave,” Jagielka added.

“I would like it to be moved two weeks earlier so, when you start the season, you know they are the players you have got.”

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