Martinez: Duo Deserve Chance
Browning and Garbutt have earned their first-team call-ups.
Roberto Martinez insists young defensive duo Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt have earned their recent first-team call-ups.
Both players have been on the bench for Everton’s last three Premier League fixtures and are patiently biding their time for match action.
And Martinez is optimistic the pair are the first in a batch of promising youngsters who could break through to the senior squad in the near future.
“They [Browning and Garbutt] are players that excelled in the younger groups here and went out on loan,” Martinez told evertontv.
“Luke took his experience at Colchester and did really well. For Tyias, it was a different experience [at Wigan] as it was about getting away from Finch Farm.
“Now they are ready and have worked with the first-team long enough to be of help on the pitch. I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop over the next couple of weeks, but they will have an opportunity.
“Underneath them there is another generation with a lot of talent and those players are going to be important for the future.
“Tyias and Luke, they have got a great opportunity from now until the end of the campaign and there is probably another six players who will have an opportunity in pre-season.
“It’s important we give our players a clear path for an opportunity in the first-team. Clearly Tyias and Luke are the ones who at this moment are ready for the first-team exposure.”
Meanwhile, Martinez has described the goal scored by Ross Barkley, another Everton academy graduate, in the midweek win over Newcastle United as ‘one of the best’ he has ever seen.
Barkley has flourished under the Spaniard’s tutelage and the midfielder’s sixth strike of the season set Everton on their way to the 3-0 win at St James’ Park.
Martinez said: “I don’t think you will see many goals like that and it is down to the unique nature of Ross Barkley’s talents.
“The truth is that when I saw Ross’ ability [in pre-season], he shocked me having such a level-headed boy with that football character.
“I’ve said it many times that from a technical point of view, Ross is a very talented footballer because he has the same balance and quality from both legs. Right side or left side, you wouldn’t see a difference.
“When you see a solo goal like that, you can't expect any player to score it. When you are running at full pace from the 18-yard box, once you get to the other six-yard box, you can’t put yourself in a composed way to strike the ball cleanly. But Ross has got the physicality to do that.
“It’s one of those goals that, when you watch it on television, it doesn’t do it any justice. It’s one of the best goals I have seen live and I’m sure the fans who were at Newcastle will remember it for a very long time.”
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