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Galloway approaching first team readiness

11/02/2015  Comments (6)  jump
Brendan Galloway feels that he is getting close to following in John Stones's footsteps and making the breakthrough into Everton's senior side as a teenager.

The 18 year-old only joined the Blues last summer in a move from MK Dons but has settled in seamlessly at Finch Farm and become an integral member of the Under-21s side that will take on Villarreal at Goodison Park this evening.

Roberto Martinez has already indicated that, along with the likes of Tyias Browning and Ryan Ledson, Galloway could be ready to begin making the step up to the first team and though he is likely to be farmed out on loan first, the England U19 international thinks he is ready.

I'd like to think I'm close to the first-team," Galloway says in the Liverpool Echo. I work hard every day and do extras because I want to take those centre-back places in the first-team.

I look at John [Stones] and see that he has played for England seniors as well and that's massive. And it's a big thing that the gaffer puts trust in the youngsters.

It was one of the things that made me choose Everton because [the manager] likes to put his faith in youngsters and if you play well then you will be there.

There is no question about it, which is the pleasing thing about it.

But I don't think there is any pressure. The managers we have don't put that pressure on you, I just want to prove I'm good enough to be here which is the most important thing.  

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Gavin Johnson
1 Posted 11/02/2015 at 18:51:27
I have no doubts this kid will be in the first team squad next season. If we also sign another CB we'll be in a much better position than where we've been this season with the inadequate Distin and Alcaraz.

Paul Kossoff
2 Posted 11/02/2015 at 18:48:31
If you are good enough you are old enough. Football has a long line of kids playing the game at the highest level and Everton must give the youngsters a chance.

Possibly giving kids a start in the first team now, considering the position we are in may not be the right time, and the next stage of the europa league will be harder, but the time for younger players will come soon enough.

Richard Reeves
3 Posted 11/02/2015 at 19:09:33
Given that Martinez signed him and from what I’ve seen of him is a bit similar to Stones in build and ability, I think he’ll be part of a defensive set up for some time once he makes it into the first team.

I wonder if Martinez has plans for a back three of centre backs in the not to distant future,... Stones,Galloway and Browning maybe.

If all those were as good as each other, we would have some defense, just a good signing for right back to challenge Coleman and the whole back line would be strong with options.

Clive Rogers
4 Posted 12/02/2015 at 10:43:56
Martinez has shown no inclination to introduce youngsters long term. Browning and Garbutt have both come in, done well, then been seemingly abandoned. If Garbutt can't get a game when Baines is injured, when is he ever going to be picked.
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 12/02/2015 at 14:38:23
Promising lad but a bit lightweight and, like Distin, very one-footed.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 14/02/2015 at 19:06:23
RR, I think that's his long term aim, three at the back. Young, strong, skilfull and quick.

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