Roberto Martinez "very impressed" with Ross Barkley

Everton boss Roberto Martinez praises the performances of highly-rated midfielder Ross Barkley, describing him as "an incredible talent".

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hailed the performances of highly-rated youngster Ross Barkley.

The Spaniard handed a second consecutive start to the 19-year-old for the visit of West Bromwich Albion and said that he has been "very impressed" so far.

Martinez claimed that Barkley is intelligent enough to fit into a number of different roles for the club, describing him as "an incredible talent".

"I've been very impressed with Ross. I think at his age it's incredible the manner that he has developed his game," Martinez told reporters.

"Sometimes you see a youngster with enormous potential and enormous talent and somehow you need to use that. With Ross it's the opposite.

"He can fit in in different roles, he's a thinker, he makes fantastic decisions in where the space is. I've been very impressed so far and I know he's going to go from strength to strength, he's an incredible talent."

Barkley had spells on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United last season.

Ross Barkley of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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