Cuco Martina is still ‘ruled out’ of action with a knee injury which could affect Everton’s plans in the January transfer window. The Toffees tried to sell Martina over the summer, but his injury killed any chance of a deal materialising. And with the 30-year-old still on the treatment table, a move away in January could be off the cards too.
Should Everton offload Cuco Martina in January?
Martina has made 28 appearances in all competitions since joining Everton from Southampton in 2017, but his last outing for the Toffees came against Burnley on March 3, 2018. The Curacao international finds himself behind Djibril Sidibe & Seamus Coleman in the right-back pecking order. He’s also behind Lucas Digne & Leighton Baines in the left-back pecking order.
Everton loaned him out last season as he was deemed surplus to requirements, but Martina didn’t impress enough at Stoke City (August 17, 2018 – January 30, 2019) or Feyenoord (January 31, 2019 – June 30, 2019) to be handed a permanent deal. With his contract up next summer, a departure is on the cards in 2020. Everton may have to wait until July before getting the defender off their books, however.
If Martina hasn’t recovered from injury in January, he’s unlikely to be sold and will have to stay for another six months.