It’s tough to garner any real enthusiasm for football at the moment. Sunderland are staggering and stumbling their way towards relegation with seemingly no idea how to address the slide or indeed any willingness to put up their fists and fight for survival.

As such I can only look ahead to Saturday’s game against Everton with envy. Whilst there have been some ridiculous accusations thrown in Roberto Martinez’s direction over his use of the loan system, such allegations are ludicrous and indeed bitter.

Everton are a side to be envious of for many a reason and none more so than that of the refreshing brand of football that Martinez has brought to Goodison Park this term which sees them currently occupying fifth spot in the league and in with a realistic chance of grabbing fourth given Arsenal’s capitulation since Christmas.

I must admit I had my doubts over the Spaniard who had earned himself a healthy reputation after managing to keep Wigan’s heads above water for such a prolonged period. Whilst it was undoubtedly quite an achievement to keep a club such as Wigan in the top flight for so long, there always seemed to be a slump in the second half of the season for Martinez’s side which I couldn’t ignore.