Everton boss is up to Barcelona standards says young Catalan

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Smiling

Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu has praised his boss Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish boss had a tough task taking over from such a consistent manager in David Moyes, though so far, Roberto Martinez has been a success.

Everton had a succession of top half finishes and used particular style which was built around honest, hardworking players, which many believed Roberto Martinez would struggle to adapt to.

The former Wigan Athletic boss, however, has proven himself to be a fine tactician and under him, the Toffees have a real chance of pipping Arsenal for the last Champions League spot.

Beyond his tactics and style, Martinez has proven to be very good in the transfer market – bringing in excellent loan players in Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu.

The latter, a 20-year-old La Masia product, was a real coup for Everton. Despite a few niggling injuries hampering his season, he has still made a positive impact – contributing to six Premier League goals.

Roberto Martinez has been mindful not to push Deulofeu too soon, and according to IBTimes UK, his careful approach has certainly rubbed off on the Catalan star:

“I think he has handled it very well, the slow approach has worked. When I came here I also knew it would be complicated because there are very good players who have spent many years at Everton. Roberto has managed me patiently."

Gerard Deulofeu is set to return to Spain this summer, and when asked on the prospects of linking up with Martinez again in the future – possibly at Barcelona – he assured listeners that his current boss is definitely up to scratch for a position at the Nou Camp:

"That would be great, really! But I think it is complicated. Tata Martino has one year more contract still. So we will see.

"Anyway, I believe Roberto would be up to be Barcelona's coach as he has shown that in the teams he has been, it has done it well."

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