ALAN STUBBS today revealed how Romelu Lukaku’s £28 million move to Everton has frustrated his attempts to persuade Toffees manager Roberto Martinez to allow some of his most promising youngsters to join Hibs on loan.
The Easter Road boss has his eye on “one or two” of the Goodison Park kids who he has helped coach, but so far he’s only managed to leave a message on Martinez’s voicemail as the Spaniard tied up a club-record deal for the Belgian World Cup striker.
Stubbs will make further efforts to speak to his former boss, who he believes will be highly receptive to the idea, today and hopes to have more success. Asked if he’d fulfilled his intention to have a discussion with Martinez, pictured above, Stubbs said: “I’ve had a chat with his answer machine.
“He was spending £28m so I can understand why he has not taken my phone call. But I’ll speak to him today, congratulate him on making the big signing he wanted and hopefully I’ll get positive news.”
However, Stubbs admitted Everton’s Europa League campaign could prove a complication, the Merseyside club going straight in to the group stages having finished fifth in the English Premier League last season which will mean at least six more games in an already congested fixture list. He said: “I’ll have a chat with Roberto as to who is available and take it from there, I’m not ruling anything in or anything out. I would like to be able to take one or two but it’s whether Roberto is going to be using the one or two that I want because there’s going to be an opportunity for some of the young lads at Everton in the Europa League and the other cup competitions which he’ll use to give them some experience.
“It depends on what Roberto plans are for them but I know he will be supportive of players coming to Scotland. He has done it in the past but obviously if they do come it has to be for six months.”
Stubbs believes the players he has in mind would be good additions to his squad already bolstered by the arrivals of David Gray, Farid El Alagui, Scott Allan and Mark Oxley, but also feels the competition for places at his old club could work in Hibs’ favour. He said: “Everton are in a fantastic and healthy position because there is probably a crop of six or seven Under-21 players who could walk into a lot of other teams. I know exactly what they can do.
“I know what Roberto thinks, that Hibs is a fantastic club, a big club from his time in Scotland.”
Meanwhile, a young Hibs X1 lost 3-1 to Selkirk, Ollie Shaw scoring their goal.