Boss On Loan Trio
Martinez discusses progress of Garbutt, Duffy and Junior.
Roberto Martinez has hailed the progress of Everton's loaned-out players.
With Shane Duffy battling in the Championship with Yeovil Town and Francisco Junior on a season-long loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, Luke Garbutt completes the Blues trio currently gaining experience away from Merseyside.
Martinez has paid close attention to their fortunes this term and told evertontv: “They are getting a perfect experience - exactly what they need in their careers.
“It's something that is vital for any player in a stage of their young career in order to fulfil your potential.”
Garbutt, 20, has enjoyed a successful two months with Colchester United making 10 appearances and grabbing himself a goal in the process.
Signing an extension to remain with the U's until 4 January on Friday, Martinez had earlier in the week told evertontv that all parties were looking for a further extension.
He said: “The team and the Colchester manager are really pleased with his progress and I've been really happy with the way he has been adapting to what he has had to do for the team.
“He’s playing a really important role with Colchester.
“He has already got five yellow cards so that shows you he has been getting really stuck in into his defensive duties.
“He's been successful there and they're pleased with him so there's no reason not to extend.”
The manager has also expressed his delight with the experience defender Duffy is gaining with the Glovers.
The 21-year-old has made seven appearances so far after making the temporary move to Huish Park at the end of September.
He said: “The Championship is exactly what Shane needed and he's trying things, experimenting and bringing real leadership qualities into the team. He's been performing at a real high standard.”
With Vitesse sitting pretty at the top of the Eredivisie, Junior has found game time hard to come by so far.
However, Martinez insists it remains a valuable experience for the Portuguese midfielder.
“Junior has had a difficult start at Vitesse," he explained.
"It's been difficult for him to have a big role there. They were in a very good position and performing really well, so it's been hard for him to get playing minutes.”
“From that point of view, he has been the one that probably hasn't worked out as well as we expected or wanted.
"But there's still a long time - it's been a good experience for him in a different environment and he's been working hard to be available and important for the team.
“That experience in itself is going to help him from a human point of view and hopefully from now until the end of the season it's going to help in his football side.”