Roberto Martinez talks up Everton's Conor McAleny

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has suggested striker Conor McAleny has a role to play at the Goodison Park club.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been quoted by the Liverpool Echo, talking up the potential of Toffees youngster Conor McAleny.

The forward has already made his first team debut for the club and has featured in pre-season as he looks to move on after a frustrating spell in his career where he has struggled to deal with a variety of injuries.

The paper claims that ankle and knee problems created doubts for him in terms of whether he’d be able to make it at Goodison Park, but Martinez has offered him a glimmer of hope.

“We hope he can stay fit, because he has got really good low balance, he can turn, and technically he is very strong,” the Spaniard told the Liverpool Echo.

“He has quality finishing on him. So let’s hope he can push on and make sure he stays injury-free for the rest of pre-season.”

Smart pressure from Martinez?

Martinez is a very clever manager in terms of how he man manages his players to try and get the best out of them.

He’s not held back in terms of listing his qualities, with the possible intention of wanting to put a little bit of pressure on the player, inspiring him to go all out the next time he gets a chance in an Everton shirt.

It’s important that Martinez continues to find good ways of challenging him, encouraging him to improve as the manager protects him in terms of his fitness through the pre-season period.

A tough task ahead

McAleny’s potential may be quite obvious to the manager, but it’s still going to be a very difficult task for the player to improve his position in the pecking order.

Romelu Lukaku’s importance to the Everton first team is clear while someone like Steven Naismith has substantially more experience.

It’s certainly going to be an interesting couple of months for him.

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