Analysis: Everton wanted Scott Dann, but will Martinez be pleased with alternative?

Scott Dann stunned Goodison Park on Monday night, after heading Crystal Palace in front against Everton, before Romelu Lukaku rescued a point for the Toffees.

The Palace defender was subject to a rejected bid from Everton in the summer, before the Toffees turned their attentions to Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori.

Everton's most expensive defender has impressed since moving to Goodison Park, but will Roberto Martinez be pleased with his alternative to Dann?

Martinez missed out on number one defensive target

Following the departures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcarez in the summer, Roberto Martinez made strengthening his defence one of his priorities during the transfer window.

Top of the Everton boss' wishlist was Crystal Palace's Scott Dann. The 28-year-old is an experienced Premier League defender and he was named the London club's player of the year last season.

However, Palace were determined to keep their star defender, rejecting an £8 million bid from the Blues, before Dann signed an improved five-year deal at Selhurst Park.

Scott Dann celebrates after scoring against Everton on Monday night. (Image: Getty Images)

Scott Dann celebrates after scoring against Everton on Monday night. (Image: Getty Images)

Everton also moved for Juventus centre-back Angelo Ogbonna, but the Italian international chose to join West Ham United because of a stronger chance of regular first-team football at Upton Park.

It was only then that Everton turned their attention to Argentine international Ramiro Funes Mori and the deal was confirmed on transfer deadline day.

Will Martinez be pleased with his alternative?

When Everton paid £9.5 million to sign Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate, there were a few eyebrows raised.

Firstly, because the Argentine centre-back became the club's most expensive ever defender for an inflated price, and secondly because there were concerns over how quickly he would adapt to the pace and tempo of the Premier League.

However, at 24-years-old, Funes Mori is a player with potential and age is on his side. The South American has settled in very well in English football, coping with the technical and physical demands of the top-flight.

Everton are unbeaten in all seven of his league starts, while he has also helped the club reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2008.

He has shown that he is comfortable with the ball at his feet, which makes him ideal for Martinez's possession-based football, while his athleticism and strength have ensured the pace of the Premier League has not got the better of him.

Funes Mori has also shown that he is an aerial threat in the opposition's box, scoring not only his first Everton goal in the Toffees' 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, but also Everton's first goal of the season from a set-piece.

There has been the odd defensive lapse, but overall Martinez will be very pleased with what he has seen from the Argentine centre-back so far.

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