By Harvey Byrne
Summer right-back signing Cuco Martina was named in the Everton starting line-up to face Hajduk Split on Thursday evening – and Toffees fans on Twitter have blasted the decision.
Manager Ronald Koeman brought the 27-year-old to Goodison Park in a free transfer deal from Southampton after the two worked together on the south coast.
Martina has so far made two appearances for Everton since his move with one coming in a 1-0 victory over Ruzomberok in the Europa League, while his over also came in a 1-0 victory over Stoke in the Premier League.
Boss Koeman kept his faith in the Curacao international on Thursday as he named him in his back four alongside Michael Keane, Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Lennon, Besic, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Holgate. pic.twitter.com/aigHC8gn4I
— Everton (@Everton) August 17, 2017
However, it was clear from social media that Everton fans are not happy to see him lining up at Goodison Park with a number posting their disappointment at the decision.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Martina should be nowhere near the team he is only our 3rd best right back at best
— Neil Martin (@maverick7578) August 17, 2017
I hope pickford is ready for williams and martina mistakes but after a season at Sunderland he should be https://t.co/ehaPp7QugZ of team ????
— tony (@tonyf_efc) August 17, 2017
Nah lad be surprised if we keep a clean sheet with Martina an Williams
— Brendan ???????? (@BrendanEFC_) August 17, 2017
Martina. Really ????
— D (@Deke_w) August 17, 2017
Why is Koeman obsessed with Martina? pic.twitter.com/9GsVSlqFsd
— coyb (@__holgate) August 17, 2017
Finally Lookman gets a run out! Rather have Jags over Williams and Holgate over martina! How long til Coleman's back?!?!
— Jonathan Chidwick (@chid_7) August 17, 2017
— Toffoffees (@ToffeesArentWe) August 17, 2017
Martina will be keen to win over Everton fans as well as putting in some impressive displays as soon as possible with long-term full-back Seamus Coleman set to take the right-back position back once he returns from his injury lay-off.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have made an emphatic striker decision.