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Everton boss Martinez hails 'unique' Deulofeu

The Toffees manager was full of praise for on-loan forward after his man of the match display set his side on their way to three easy points in a 4-0 rout against Stoke

Everton manager Roberto Martinez described Gerard Deulofeu as "unique" following his eye-catching full debut against Stoke.

The Barcelona loan man opened the scoring after a lively first half and the result was sealed through strikes from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku later in the game.

Deulofeu provided two assists for his team-mates and Martinez did not shy away from singling out the Spanish international after a classy display.

He told reporters: "Gerard is one of the most talented young footballers in Spanish football, a unique talent. I was a big admirer of Gerard the moment he made his debut with Barcelona’s first team against Real Madrid at only 16.

"We were one of the clubs on a long list that wanted to take Gerard on loan and the player, with the backing of Barcelona, wanted to come to Everton and that was a fantastic feeling.”

Martinez did admit that Deulofeu has cut a frustrated figure with the lack of opportunities this earlier this season but refused to view that as a negative.

He added: "He wants to fight for his position and that is exactly what we need. It is not a frustration in an unhealthy way.

"It is about playing when you are ready and I always felt it would be January, February when we were going to see him ready to play. It has surprised me that it has been a lot earlier."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admitted that he failed in an attempt to persuade Deulofeu to join him at Stoke.

"We knew he was a talent. We made an enquiry ourselves. Unfortunately he came here and not to Stoke. He’s a very talented boy."

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