Martinez hails Deulofeu after winger conjures Cup win

Published 12/02/2015, 5:17 AM EST
Football – AFC Bournemouth v Everton – Barclays Premier League – Vitality Stadium, Dean Court – 28/11/15 Everton manager Roberto Martinez Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic


REUTERS – Manager Roberto Martinez praised Gerard Deulofeu’s maturity after the winger scored one and set up the other to send Everton through to the League Cup semi-finals at the expense of Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

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The 21-year-old joined Everton on a permanent transfer from Barcelona in the close season after spending the 2013-2014 season on loan at the Premier League club.

Since his return he has consistently unlocked defences with a series of skilful displays, scoring thrice for Everton in all competitions and laying on six assists in the Premier League.

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“It’s his maturity that impresses me,” Martinez was quoted as saying by the British media after the game. “Two years ago when we had him first we knew he was a young man with an incredible natural talent but now although he’s young in age he’s very mature.

“He has a big role for us and he’s been very consistent which is difficult for a wide player. That’s what impressed me the most.

“When Geri expresses himself the end product comes with it. When you play in the street as a kid that’s what you do; you try to take people on, you have a shot.

“He enjoys what he does and has a desire to score, but his work-rate impresses me too.”

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The manager also praised his team for bouncing back with a clean sheet against Boro after twice letting a lead slip to draw 3-3 with Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.

“The two goals were exceptional pieces of quality which you can never take for granted,” Martinez said.

“But, after going 2-0 up, to keep the clean sheet was probably the most pleasing aspect.

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“We knew whoever you play away from home you need to be mature and control the game and I thought we did that really well, especially after what happened after the weekend when we went 2-0 up.”

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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