Roberto Martinez believes Gerard Deulofeu will have an important role to play this season for Everton.
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Deulofeu, 19, joined the Toffees on a season-long loan from Barcelona in the summer, but has been limited to just two brief substitute appearances in Premier League.
However, after watching the winger impress during Tuesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Fulham, Martinez is adamant the youngster will soon be given his chance to shine on a more regular basis.
“There's a big gap in terms of physicality between the English and Spanish leagues -- it's a lot quicker here and there is a lot more contact, so for players who are artists with the ball like Gerard there will always be a period of adaptation,'' Martinez said.
“Gerard is doing that very well. He is making the difference when he is on the pitch. He is learning bit by bit, he is very quick and I am sure that in the next few months Gerard will play a very big part in this team.”
Despite Tuesday’s defeat, Martinez said he was still happy with his side’s display.
“It was a performance that showed we have players who are able to help the team to achieve our aims,” Martinez said. “I am satisfied with the performance and it has given me much to think about for the next few weeks.
“We will take a lot of information from the game. Some of the players look really sharp and will benefit from it.''
Martinez was thrilled to see midfielder Darron Gibson make his return to action following a serious knee injury picked up during pre-season.
“I thought it was important for Darron Gibson to get some playing time after so long away,” Martinez said. “We need that competition and that know how. He is a vital player for us so it was great to see him get that time on the pitch and it will be very beneficial for him.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.