Roberto Martinez talks up "unsung hero" Gareth Barry

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes that Gareth Barry does not get the credit his performances warrant.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed "unsung hero" Gareth Barry.

The Spaniard believes that the on-loan Manchester City midfielder does not get the credit he deserves for his displays.

"Gareth is an unsung hero, but teams need someone that has the understanding and the know-how and can gives you the balance in the side," The Mirror quotes Martinez as saying.

"Maybe Gareth would be more appreciated if he was a foreign player. The role he plays just isn't glamorous for some English people to appreciate because they like their midfield players to operate from box-to-box all of the time.

"But Gareth is an example that England can produce footballers with excellent technical quality who also have good tactical ¬awareness.

Martinez's side visit Arsenal on Sunday.

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