Everton boss Roberto Martinez says it is vital young players are given a clear path of opportunity leading to first team squad
Martinez outlined his vision for young players at the club which the Blues boss believes will give them every opportunity to fully develop the talent and fulfill their promise.
Speaking at the pre-Fulham press conference at Finch Farm, the Blues boss revealed how the development of young players at Everton was an integral part of his long-term thinking for the club.
With Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning both having been on the bench in recent weeks, Martinez is looking forward to seeing both players develop and take the next step towards making their mark on the first team.
“Within their development they are players who have excelled in the younger groups here. Then they went out on loan and they did really, really well.
“Luke Garbutt took his experience at Colchester extremely well while Tyias Browning had a different kind of experience; it was about getting away from Finch Farm,” said Martinez.
“Now they are ready, they work with the first team long enough to be of help on the pitch. I’m looking forward to see how they
develop over the next couple of weeks but they will have an opportunity.”
Everton manager Martinez also revealed there is a new generation of talented youngsters coming through who will be offered the opportunity to impress in the forthcoming pre-season:
“Underneath Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning there is another generation with a lot of talent and those players are going to be very important for the future.
“I think Tyias and Luke have a great opportunity from now until the end of the campaign and probably there is another six players
that are going to have the opportunity in pre-season.
“It is important as a football club we give our young players a clear path to give them an opportunity in the first team and clearly
Tyias and Luke are the ones who are now ready for first team exposure.”
The Catalan also highlighted the importance of giving young players the experience of being part of the first team squad, be it in the changing rooms, on the players bus or from the bench:
“It is how they react within the group, how you can show your talent and how you grow with those difficult emotions. Everyone gets a bit of a honeymoon period when you first arrive in the first team dressing room.
With the Toffees first eleven increasingly featuring young and raw talent such as Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu, Romelu Lukaku, and John Stones, Everton manager Martinez has proven he has no fears when it comes to giving youth their chance.
And the young Everton boss gave a quick insight into how the initial reaction of young players is critical for both their own and the club’s development:
“After two or three weeks then you become yourself and you need to show exactly what you can bring into the team.
“With Tyias and Luke; they are now ready to show what they can do and again, it shows the type of player we are producing in-house and it’s going to be very important for our future.”