Martinez: Show Me You're Ready
Boss wants to give next generation a first-team shot.
Roberto Martinez says a new raft of young players will get their chance at Everton this season.
The Blues boss successfully introduced John Stones and Luke Garbutt to the Toffees' first-team last term, while Ross Barkley demonstrated his enormous potential in an eye-catching breakthrough campaign.
However, Martinez says there's more to come off the Goodison Park production line, with pre-season likely to offer up plenty of opportunities to impress.
Everton's first-team squad head to Austria for a warm-weather training camp on Monday before games against Tranmere Rovers, Leicester City and FC Porto.
"We want to bring in four more players," said Martinez. "But, if I’m honest with you, we have five young players whose programme we’ve been following closely since we set them out 12 months ago.
“We’ve been trying to develop them and they deserve an opportunity.
“We want to see how they react in the first team, how close they are to being ready - like John Stones and Ross Barkley were last season.
“And then we will make the final decisions.
“We’ve got Tyias Browning, we’ve got Luke Garbutt, Conor McAleny, John Lundstram, even Chris Long to an extent, and Matthew Kennedy.
"We need to see if they are ready to help the team and if they are ready to be a part of it."
Martinez added: “As a young player you need one opportunity. That’s all you need and that’s all you want.
“Sometimes in football you need to be in the right place at the right time.
“We want players to have the attitude that they are ready for their opportunity and I’m excited to see the fruition of many years work with these players.”