Everton youngster Brendan Galloway has revealed to the Liverpool Echo that Roberto Martinez’s long-term plan for him is to deploy him at centre-back.
Galloway has impressed when in the Toffees’ first team this season, but all his appearances have come at left-back.
However, the 19-year-old insists that he sees himself being given a more central role in the future, as that is the position he is most comfortable in.
“I think centre-half will be my strongest position in the future,” Galloway said.
“I have enjoyed left-back and I will continue to but the manager spoke to me and said that before I can play centre-back I need to play left-back, to pick up more experience.
“That is good for me because I am still learning the game but centre-half is where I see myself long-term.
“He says it will only come with experience and he said that naturally I will go into that position but getting the experience at left-back and seeing the game from a whole different perspective is important for my development.”
Galloway’s emergence at Goodison Park has been a huge positive this season.
The former Milton Keynes Dons youngster has stepped up from youth team football to cover for the injured Leighton Baines and he has looked comfortable with every challenge thrown at him.
Galloway recently signed a new contract that will keep him at Everton until at least 2020.
Galloway’s opportunities in Everton’s senior side are likely to be reduced in the coming months, as Baines has now returned to fitness and started in Martinez’s side’s last match against Norwich City.