LIVERPOOL - Everton manager Roberto Martinez has defended Newcastle United's close-season transfer dealings, ahead of Monday's Premier League meeting between the clubs at Goodison Park.
Newcastle made only one major acquisition during the transfer window, signing Loic Remy on loan from Queens Park Rangers, and crashed 4-0 at Manchester City on the season's opening weekend.
However, they have since climbed the table to 15th and Martinez feels that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's squad has been unfairly underestimated.
"As I've mentioned many, many times, the transfer window 'circus' allows people to have perceptions of teams that are wrong," said the Everton manager.
"They made their business early with the loan of Remy and after that they didn't sign anyone. It seemed from the outside that they didn't do good business, but the reality is the squad has been strong since January. They made a lot of good signings and that group of players are settled.
"I see a really good balance between experience and organisation, but then a real threat with the likes of Remy, (Papiss) Cisse, (Hatem) Ben Arfa, (Yohan) Cabaye.
"You're talking about top, top footballers who are in a good moment in their careers and full internationals.
"You take away the Manchester City game and they've been performing at a very, very good level, so it would be foolish for anyone to underestimate the potential of this Newcastle side."