Everton looking for next Barkley in pre-season - Roberto Martinez

The Toffees boss wants to give Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, John Lundstram, Chris Long and Matthew Kennedy the chance to earn a first-team place as the likes of John Stones have
Everton manager Roberto Martinez will look to youth again in pre-season as he aims to identify the next player who could break like Ross Barkley into the first team.

The Toffees boss has brought five players aged 21 or under along with the senior squad for their pre-season trip to Austria and is keen to see them follow in the footsteps of Barkley and John Stones.

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"We have five young players whose programme we've been following closely since we set them out 12 months ago," he told Everton's official website. "They've been out on loan and working in the first team environment and they've done that very well.

"We've got Tyias Browning, Luke Garbutt, John Lundstram, Chris Long and Matthew Kennedy. We've been trying to develop them and they deserve an opportunity.

"We want to see how they react in the first team, how close they are to being ready - like Stones and Barkley were last season.

"Last year, [Stones and Barkley] did well in pre-season, showed really high standards and that they were ready so that's going to be the case at Everton.

"It's exciting to see that young and ambitious talent coming through and we need to see if they are ready to help the team and if they are ready to be a part of it."