St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

Southampton v Everton

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 2 - 0 Man Utd

Sunday, 20 April 2014, 16:10

Barclays Prem

Martinez: Goals will come

Roberto Martinez has praised the 'Brazilian' quality of Ross Barkley and insisted he has no worries that a lack of goals could hurt Everton.

Last Updated: 19/11/13 at 13:37 Post Comment   

Roberto Martinez: Confident goals will come and has praised Ross Barkley

Roberto Martinez: Confident goals will come and has praised Ross Barkley

Everton have been held to 0-0 stalemates in each of their past two matches, when victories would have propelled them into the top four.

They had previously appeared to be scoring freely after improving on a slow start to the season, and Martinez is confident that the drought will not last long.

The Spaniard believes he has a lot of players who can contribute and does not want to be reliant on his front men like Romelu Lukaku.

"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," Martinez said in the Liverpool Echo.

"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."

Martinez has particularly high hopes for midfielder Barkley, who has begun to establish himself as a regular starter at Goodison Park this season and has impressed his manager with the speed of his development.

"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," said Martinez of the 19-year-old.

"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."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Premier League: Per Mertesacker backs Mesut Ozil to flourish at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil must strive for greater consistency to succeed at Arsenal, according to team-mate Per Mertesacker.

Moyes 'proud, but understands'

David Moyes has issued a statement over his Manchester United sacking - and admitted he shared the club's frustrations over his time in charge.

Premier League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the owners are happy

Brendan Rodgers is determined to sustain Liverpool's progress following discussions with the club's owners.

Mail Box

Of Course People Remember How You Won

Some have said that it doesn't matter how Chelsea played as long as they won, but is that true? Plus, we've found the one chap who enjoyed Tuesday's game...

Chelsea Got A Result, What's The Problem?

There is plenty of 'that's 90 minutes I'll never get back' sentiment about Chelsea's 'performance' in Madrid, but at least one person thinks they did what was required...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property