Martinez says Luke Garbutt was Everton's 'outstanding' youngster against Krasnodar

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez handed first-team chances to a number of the club's academy products in the Europa League last night.

Everton may have lost 1-0 to FC Krasnodar in the Europa League last night, but Roberto Martinez was keen to identify the positives for his side.

The Spaniard named a very young team for the match and he was pleased to see a number of his prospects give such a good account of themselves. 

The Toffees were competitive in the game against their Russian opponents and their prized academy products certainly didn't look overawed by the occasion. 

Ryan Ledson, Connor McAleny and Tyias Browning were all handed their first starts for the club, but Martinez hailed another member of the development squad as the stand-out performer in the match. 

"I thought Luke Garbutt looked outstanding throughout the game and overall I was very pleased," he said to the Daily Mail. "It's a shame that we couldn't get a positive result but today was for other reasons.

"To see players at 17 showing the arrogance that Ledson showed in a Goodison game is very pleasing."

Garbutt put in a fantastic display at left-back, as he showed both his attacking and defensive qualities during the match.

Happy to take players on, but equally comfortable when facing opposition wingers, he looked at home on the big stage and Martinez will know that the 21-year-old is certainly capable of playing first-team football now. 

The problem for Garbutt is that his natural position of left-back means that he is competing with Leighton Baines for a position in the starting line-up and displacing him looks a tough ask.

Baines has become one of the Toffees' key players over the past few seasons and is widely regarded as one of the finest players in his position in England. 

It means that Garbutt, despite the eye-catching display, is likely to have to drop back into the development side to get onto the pitch, but he has at least given Martinez something to ponder for the future. 

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