Roberto Martinez will avoid the temptation to turn the January transfer market to bring in defensive reinforcements, instead, preferring to look towards Tyias Browning, Brendan Galloway and Matthew Pennington.
Martinez: I feel Tyias Browning is ready to play. I don’t expect John Stones to be far away. By the turn of the year he will be fully fit.
“And if we need to look a little bit deeper into the Under-21s I would rather give opportunities to Brendan Galloway and Matthew Pennington before going into the transfer market.
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“I want to keep the squad as strong as it is now and rely on that feeling that we have in the dressing room.
“Tony Hibbert can also play centre-half so I think we have options in the squad to do that”