Everton boss Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he is excited about the potential of new signing Matty Foulds.
The Toffees confirmed on their official website last week that they had snapped up 17-year-old centre half Foulds from Bury, with the player set to arrive at Goodison Park in January for an undisclosed fee.
Everton have made a number of impressive young defensive signings from Football League clubs in recent years, with Brendan Galloway and Mason Holgate arriving from MK Dons and Barnsley respectively, whilst John Stones of course arrived from Barnsley too.
Having come up through the ranks at Bury, Foulds will now be hoping to follow in their footsteps under Spanish boss Matinez, who regularly gives first-team opportunities to young players.
Martinez has now addressed Foulds' imminent arrival, and his comments will certainly give Everton fans hope that they have another promising defender in their ranks.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Martinez has claimed that Foulds is a 'really exciting prospect', and suggested that he could be a future star despite not playing often for Bury.
"Matty is a really exciting prospect because he is a left-footed centre-half with a real margin of development," said Martinez. "His technical ability will allow him to be a footballing centre-half and he’s had a really interesting 12 months in the first-team at Bury, without playing many games in the competitive league. But we feel he has all the attributes to become a quite interesting player to fit in that elite group that we have in the under-21s," he added
Having seen Galloway and Holgate emerge in the Everton first team recently, Foulds will have plenty of inspiration around him as he looks to take his first steps in to Premier League football.