Vickery, who has lived in Brazil since 1994 and is currently the expert on all football matters in South America for the BBC, believes the Everton manager’s signings of Mori and Rodriguez will come back to haunt him in the coming months.
Forward Rodriguez was signed for £500,000 late last week, whilst 24 year old defender Mori joined the Blues on transfer dealine day and whilst Martinez has declared that the pair have what it takes to play in the Premier League, Vickery does not share that same enthusiasm.
The 50 year old stated: “It seems to me that Roberto Martinez has a blind spot when it comes to bringing players straight in from South America.
“He dropped an almighty brick with Mauro Boselli at Wigan. He was their record signing, and I don’t think he scored a Premier League goal for them. He can’t do it in the Premier League and he won’t.’ Martinez, for all his wisdom and experience, didn’t see that.
“You’d have thought, after an experience like that, he’d have been scarred for life, but he’s gone back twice. He’s brought in Leandro Rodriguez from River Plate in Montevideo, and said that he’s played lots of games in a really competitive league. Well if he thinks the Uruguayan league is competitive, he’s living in cloud cuckoo land.
“I would love to be wrong about Ramiro Funes Mori. But the only really good thing I can say about him is that language is not going to be a problem (as Mori can speak English).
“He’s left-sided, and he can play left-back as well. But I don’t think he has the quality, the physicality or the pace to survive in the Premier League.”