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    Martinez Hails Barkley and expects the goals to start coming

    Roberto Martinez spoke to a news conference this week about the improvement in his Everton side and how he thinks the goals will come.

    The toffees have scored 14 goals so far this season, but have drawn blanks in their last 2 matches.

    He said: “We’ve got goals in the side. I’m not worried about that at all, and the more our players grow together the goals will come.

    “It’s not just the strikers, it needs to be throughout the team. We are better now than we were in August but we need to get better again.

    “The goalscoring ability of a team is very important. You are going to be successful in a season if you are solid defensively and have a threat of scoring goals.”

    Meanwhile Martinez has hailed the emergence of youngster Ross Barkley and described him as exquisite.  The Spaniard said that the young England star wouldn’t look out of place in the Brazilian national set up

    “Ross, since day one, showed he was ready and in a position to enjoy his football and it is not a secret he is a really talented man,” he said.

    “Technically he is really gifted and you would probably see that technical ability in any player brought up in Brazil or Holland – he is that exquisite technically.

    “He is a young man who is fighting for his place and his personality and character means he is such a humble boy, all he wants to do is listen and play.

    “Nothing will faze him on a pitch and if you have that with the talent he has it is an incredible combination.”

    Martinez welcomes local Merseyside rivals Liverpool to Goodison Park on Sunday and will be hoping that his England stars come through the match okay.  Phil Jagielka starts at centreback, while Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines will have to come off the bench if they are to play any part tonight.   For their opponents Liverpool, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge both start for England even though they are both nursing injuries.

     

    Do you think Ross Barkley would be good enough to play for Brazil?  Have your say at www.theevertonforum.com

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