Everton manager Roberto Martinez has defended midfielder Ross Barkley and striker Romelu Lukaku following criticism of the duo this season. He feels his young stars are being harshly treated by “cheap talk from the outside”, and remains confident things can turn around for his side, reports Sky
The Toffees have struggled for results this season, and personal performances from a number of their players have also come under criticism as a result. Everton are still in the bottom-half of the Premier League, but the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku – who shone last season as Martinez enjoyed a successful debut term – have struggled at times through the campaign to show their true worth.
But Martinez has wanted to remind critics of how young the two players still are, and how important they could be for the club. Lukaku set Everton back £28M, and large fees have been spoken about for Barkley to leave Everton for a European giant, so it’s under stable that critics would be hard on them. However, the manager of the Merseyside boss wants such “cheap talk” to stop, as he feels it’s unfair on young talents who are still finding their way.
“I think there has been a lot of cheap talk from the outside – a lot of talk about Romelu Lukaku, about Ross Barkley and about our form. We just accept that – all we need to do is focus on winning games and enjoying our football,” he said.
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