Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed youngster Tyias Browning, after the defender made his club debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
The 20-year-old, who has been with the Toffees since the age of 10, replaced Tony Hibbert for the final 17 minutes of the Merseyside derby, and Martinez was hugely impressed with how he handled the occasion.
‘Tony played in the Capital One Cup and he played 90 minutes,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Obviously it's a matter of having the match fitness. He's fully fit. He's been working really hard on the training ground and I think we needed his experience.
‘Seamus Coleman had a late fitness test, we gave him until the last second, and it was just the right opportunity for Tony to bring a bit of understanding, a bit of knowhow.
‘Once he ran out of steam, Tyias Browning on his full debut showed incredible composure, great pace, phenomenal defending and I thought he gave us real penetration down that side. Between Tony and Tyias, they did a terrific job for us.’
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Browning had previously spent several Premier League games last season as an unused substitute on the Everton bench, but the England under-21 international did make two appearances during a month-long loan spell at Wigan Athletic in January.
After finally receiving his top-flight debut, though, the promising academy product is hoping to earn more chances to impress over the coming weeks and months.
‘It was more nerves than anything,’ he said of his debut.
‘It's a big game to come into. But I think I did well when I came on and it's a good result for us in the end.
‘I was just pleased that the manager trusted me to do a job. It's been 10 years. Hopefully there's many more to come.’