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MOR of the same for Martinez; martinez prepared to go back into south america as mori proves the market is flourishing again.

Byline: PHIL KIRKBRIDE Everton FC reporter PHILKECHO @

OBERTO MARTINEZ insists past mistakes have never put Rhim off signing players from South America - and Ramiro Funes Mori is proof of why. The Everton manager made the Argentina international the most expensive defender in the club's history when the Blues paid River Plate PS9.5m to sign him in September.

And despite claims the 24-year-old would struggle, Funes Mori has quickly settled into life in the Premier League.

Martinez delved into the South American market on several occasions during his time in charge of Wigan Athletic and also snapped up Leandro Rodriquez from River Plate Montevideo in Uruguay this summer.

The Blues boss has enjoyed mixed results when signing players from South America and many point to the failure of PS6m Argentine striker Mauro Boselli at Wigan as reason to steer clear. Boselli joined the Latics in 2010 but only scored five goals in his three seasons at the club but Martinez insists he will always scour that continent for potential signings. And the impressive start by Funes Mori has vindicated his continued belief in players from that part of the world.

"You open yourself to make very wrong decisions when you generalise," Martinez told the ECHO.

"You cannot just forget about a market because of certain individuals.

"What is clear is that the South American market brings specific individuals who have an incredible will and are prepared to leave their homes and get over a 12-hour flight in order to perform and fight for a shirt.

"And Ramiro epitomises that." Respected South American football pundit Tim Vickery said Funes Mori did not have the pace or physique to cope in the Premier League.

But Vickery has this week admitted he was wrong about the Argentina international.

Martinez added: "He is an incredible fighter, he is competitive by nature, an outstanding defender and a perfect fit for what we wanted.

"I don't think there is such a thing as looking into certain markets and restoring faith, you develop faith with individuals and those relationships don't have a background or a market."

No shocks for Mattioni NEW Everton man Felipe Mattioni made his English football debut on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes in Doncaster Rovers' FA Cup win over Stalybridge Celtic.

The full-back joined the Blues on a free transfer in October and joined the League One club on loan a day after.

He celebrated his first appearance for Rovers with a clean sheet at rightback, as Darren Ferguson's side advanced into the second round.

A double from Andy Williams gave them a comfortable victory, in a game in which another Everton loanee - Conor Grant - also featured for the entire game.

Mattioni had the opportunity to score, too, but his nearpost header was denied by the Stalybridge goalkeeper.

The Brazilian defender joined the Blues after spending time on trial at Finch Farm, and has previously featured for Gremio, AC Milan, Real Mallorca espanyol.


Roberto Martinez has been less successful with other South Americans... like Mauro Boselli (right) who he signed for Wigan

Ramiro Funes Mori takes on former Blue Nikica Jelavic at Upton Park on Saturday

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Nov 10, 2015
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