Pro-Barcelona newspaper Sport claims Everton manager Roberto Martinez can finish ‘polishing’ Barca youngster Adama Traore into a more complete player.
Traore has been linked with a possible loan move to Everton over the second half of the season, with Barca open to the move due to the progress made by Gerard Deulofeu at Goodison Park last season.
“The Catalan club were pleased with the progress of Gerard Deulofeu – Martinez can be the coach that finishes polishing the latest pearl to emerge from the club,” reports Sport.
One of Martinez’s best traits is the way he manages players on an individual basis and he has a great record from his time with Wigan, through to his current spell with Everton when it comes to making younger players key parts of his first team.
The problem Traore and Barca face if they agree to a loan move is that the youngster is unlikely to get regular playing time with the Toffees.
Everton’s attack is currently well stocked with Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Naismith all capable of playing through the middle with Kevin Mirallas also an option there when fit.
Martinez used Deulofeu sparingly last season and in matches where his technical quality was an asset to Everton and games where he wasn’t a target for physical tactics from the opposition.
Martinez also preaches a style of play which is similar to how Barcelona like to play although less refined.
Everton are at their best when they keep possession well and pin their opposition back, piling on the pressure until cracks start to appear in the defence, which their creative and attacking players can take advantage of.
Traore is a player who was suggested as a target for Manchester United so it would be a real coup if Everton can seal a deal.