Martinez comments on ability and potential of Stones and Galloway

Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels the future of his side's defence is in safe hands.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez told the Liverpool Echo where he feels talented youngsters John Stones and Brendan Galloway are the same.

Martinez is excited about the long term potential of both defenders and also made a prediction, as covered by the paper, over how he sees Galloway’s position developing over the next few seasons.

“They are different players. But the similarities are that they are both good defenders with a lot of athleticism and you need that in the modern game,” he said.

“Brendan now is ready to play left-back and he is someone who can cope with those demands really well. Eventually he is someone who could play centrally as a centre half.”

The best approach for both players

The best approach for Martinez over both youngsters, for now, could be to leave them alone and allow them to both develop naturally.

Stones looks comfortable as a centre back and with it being a risk to throw Galloway into the middle of the back four, he can continue is a talented and hungry back up player to Leighton Baines.

Neither of them are doing much wrong at the moment so there’s not much reason to tamper with the position or style of either.

Obvious benefit they create for Everton

They are both very young men with Stones 21-years-old and Galloway still a teenager at 19-years-old.

They can both be very good defenders for Everton over several years and the more they play with each other in the same back four, the more they will understand and learn about the way they each play.

As long as Martinez can keep them each fit and keep them both motivated, there’s no reason that can’t happen.

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