The 19 year-old was handed his debut at left back in place of Leighton Baines and rewarded his manager's faith with a performance that Martinez described as "impressive".
Signed from MK Dons last summer, the England U19 international has become a regular for Everton's U21 side this season and Martinez felt he was ready to make the step up for the Blues' final away game of the season.
Alex Song's neat pass picked out Stewart Downing's clever run inside Galloway for West Ham's goal but the youngster's first appearance was otherwise hugely encouraging. Demonstrating John Stones-like composure on the ball and even refusing to be bullied in a confrontation with Hammers forward Cheikhou Kouyate, the teenager showed maturity beyond his years.
"Very impressive," beamed Martinez to the BBC Sport cameras after the game. "I think the way that he coped with the experience was quite impressive. When you're looking at his ability as a football, it's undoubtable and he's been working really well in the last 10 months. He's someone with really high standards.
"Today he looked like a player who has been in that situation many times; so composed. He had to cope with really good one-v-one situations he defended really well and then when he went forward he had a real threat.
"He played with a very good matriuty and that is just a reflection of the work we do at Finch Farm and at Everton. Everyone should be extremely proud because, as a football club, we will give our youngsters an opportunity.
But then as a youngster you have to take that and clearly today was an example of how to do that. Brendan deserves a lot of credit and we're very excited about his future."
Martinez was also pleased with the way his side responded to going a goal behind to Downing's 62nd-minute strike to not only level the match through Leon Osman but then win it stoppage time through Romelu Lukaku's stooping header.
"It's an outstanding result that comes on the back of a very strong performance. West Ham have a really top team and they don't surrender many leads.
"I was delighted with the way we dealt with their attacking threat andin the way we created the best chances before West Ham got in front. And then from that point we never lost our composure. We kept in looking for that equalising goal.
"When we got that we felt that we were very strong at the end of the game. We had a few chances and it seemed like it wasn't coming but the performance was exactly what you need in order to get a positive result at a place like West Ham.
While ruing another goal from his team's nemesis, Lukaku, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was, to his credit, full of praise for Osman's equaliser.
"It was a wonderful goal from Osman," Allardyce said. “His take on the first touch was absolutely brilliant and his volley was outstanding. If somebody like [Diego] Costa had done that, or Robin van Persie, everybody would be crowing about it.”
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1 Posted 16/05/2015 at 21:45:10
2 Posted 16/05/2015 at 22:05:45
3 Posted 16/05/2015 at 22:13:13
Both showed up much better than most of the youngsters in our side but both Garbutt and Galloway played well.
Galloway played on the left and impressed me far more than Browning and the rest of the defence.
Young Whatmore of Sunderland ran our right back and Browning ragged until he had to go off injured.
Our kids were not so impressive unfortunately apart from Galloway and Garbutt. Our attack was pretty average and Kone was much better than the others on show.
I actually said that Garbutt and Galloway were almost ready for first team action.
4 Posted 16/05/2015 at 22:09:04
As for Galloway, on todayÃ‚s performance he looks like heÃ‚s a more than an adequate replacement for the departing Distin. We just need to bring in another CB to replace Alcaraz and weÃ‚ll be very strong in this area. What I liked most about Galloway, is that, like Stones he looks like another one whoÃ‚s comfortable on the ball and isnÃ‚t phased about playing from the back.
5 Posted 16/05/2015 at 22:18:54
6 Posted 16/05/2015 at 22:27:39
Nice to see those comments from Big Sam; weÃ‚ve seen some moments of brilliance over the years at Everton that never get a mention or a second look Ã‚cause it wasnÃ‚t one of the Ã‚darlingsÃ‚ of the PL.
7 Posted 16/05/2015 at 23:35:33
Clearly heÃ‚d have played today if he had committed to the club but it appears he wants guaranteed playing time, which he will only get at relegation fodder in the PL at his age.
Shame; I think with the right attitude he could be a real player.
8 Posted 16/05/2015 at 23:29:50
Bye-bye, Garbutt (gutted, but if youÃ‚ve made your mind up la, then IÃ‚d rather give Brendan Galloway a try).
Well in, Galloway. The only person worth mentioning on Merseyside, involved in football, who is named Brendan.
9 Posted 17/05/2015 at 00:33:37
10 Posted 17/05/2015 at 00:50:25
The bigger issue I have is that Baines was injured all season and we could have seen both of these players in multiple matches, and really have been able to see who is the best man to keep. But, oh well. Could have even tried Baines in that DM roll instead of Barry, but our manager is so concerned about thinking about the future that somehow includes playing an old man every single match in midfield, while youngsters sit the bench. Happy days.
11 Posted 17/05/2015 at 01:43:10
The boy handled it well today I think West Ham targeted that left side but he didnÃ‚t look out of place. Then the half-time came and I was looking at look and did anyone else notice Big Dunc doing the Jog: everyone was in a line and Luke didnÃ‚t bother Ã‚â€“ he was doing his own thing. He didnÃ‚t get included with the stretch either... that made me think the boy's gone sold. We get a fee for him because he's under 21 Ã‚â€“ another one of Bill's Blunders.
12 Posted 17/05/2015 at 03:23:17
Can it be that the lad has heard so much said about him that he has become a legend in his own mind already? If so, thatÃ‚s not good for him, as his reported refusal to sign an improved contract shows. If he thinks heÃ‚s going to walk into a first team place at another PL club outside the bottom six, then let him go and try his luck.
I just hope he doesnÃ‚t fall flat on his backside and end up as a journeyman nonentity at some backwoods club that doesnÃ‚t give a damn about his future development. After all, heÃ‚s not seventeen any more. Meanwhile, Brendan Galloway has proved that Luke Garbutt is not the only potential first teamer in the U21s. Well played, Brendan.
13 Posted 17/05/2015 at 08:53:58
ItÃ‚s alright Martinez saying we want to keep him but if heÃ‚s 3rd in line behind both Baines & Oviedo then heÃ‚s not going to sign a new deal and make do with bit part opportunities.
He wants to play more regular games now and if heÃ‚s got decent offers from top end Championship clubs or newly promoted Premier League sides and he thinks heÃ‚ll get more opportunities then heÃ‚s well within his rights to want to go and play and improve and better himself!
IÃ‚d like him to stay, I think heÃ‚s a great talent, but I donÃ‚t begrudge him wanting to leave and get games and better himself as opposed to signing a new deal and being happy to be 3rd choice and take his wages for another few years.
As for Galloway, great debut! It was only one game though so let's not get too excited and just let the lad get on with his game. Fans can heap too much expectation on a young lad's shoulders and it can affect 'em!
But his performance was very encouraging. HeÃ‚s a CB but played very well at LB and it never did Lescott any harm in playing there first at the start of his Premier League career, did it. Hopefully he can develop into a good CB like Lescott for us!
14 Posted 17/05/2015 at 10:53:50
15 Posted 17/05/2015 at 11:32:40
Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, Van Dijk. If those were our 4 CBs next season, I reckon weÃ‚d do pretty well defensively.
16 Posted 17/05/2015 at 12:08:59
I would really like Garbutt to stay but, if he doesnÃ‚t, then I donÃ‚t blame the lad and good luck to him but I do not see how Martinez is at fault either.
17 Posted 17/05/2015 at 14:23:04
The more I think of the number 10, BBS should promote Ledson to learn from Ossie early on and then claim the position as his own by say the 10th game of the season.
18 Posted 17/05/2015 at 15:43:18
But I really wonder why a lot of lesser clubs have players like Puncheon, Delph and Bolasie playing for them without having broke the bank to get them. We do not seem able to produce top class attacking midfielders or strikers from within the club.
19 Posted 17/05/2015 at 16:36:35
I think in the long-term, his career prospects will be better staying where he is and being [very] patient.
However, I fear the reality will be; that he has a very solid season for Bournemouth, in their only year in the Premier League.
The real question for the lad, is not Ã‚Am I better than Baines?Ã‚ [nobody is], but Ã‚Am I better than Galloway?Ã‚
After SaturdayÃ‚s performance, the answer to the last question, is not entirely clear!
20 Posted 17/05/2015 at 19:21:27
"As a defensive midfielder you must be tactically aware. You’re at the heart of the team so you have to hold everything together and allow other players to express themselves. To do this you need to talk a lot and use your brain, because quite often you have to be in the right place at the right time. You have to cover the gap between the midfield and the back four, cover the left and right full-backs when they go forward and the central defenders when they push further up the pitch."
Do you know who said that? Patrick Veira, one of the greatest DCMs ever. How many times this season have we said "Keep Barkley away from our penalty area"?
21 Posted 17/05/2015 at 19:21:07
But that all depends on wether Martinez sees Garbutt as BainesÃ‚ main successor as apposed to Oviedo?!
But I think Martinez would be daft to rely on Oviedo to come by 100% fit and be the one to really push Baines from now on as after his leg break he keeps on picking up silly injuries and canÃ‚t get fit!
But if Garbutt doesnÃ‚t get assurances that he will get more opportunities when he signs a new deal or wonÃ‚t get loaned out then heÃ‚s well within his rights to say no thanks, IÃ‚ll take my chances elsewhere.
22 Posted 17/05/2015 at 19:38:02
23 Posted 17/05/2015 at 19:47:01
Galloway has greater prospects as he can play in centre or on left. He made a good start yesterday and I look forward to seeing more of him SOON.
24 Posted 17/05/2015 at 20:19:33
25 Posted 17/05/2015 at 20:43:08
Anyway, if itÃ‚s at Everton or some other club, heÃ‚ll still have to play his way into a starting position. No club will guarantee him playing time at this stage of his career.
26 Posted 17/05/2015 at 20:54:55
27 Posted 17/05/2015 at 22:37:57
28 Posted 18/05/2015 at 00:15:54
Getting serious for a minute and going back to when my left foot was only for standing on. After an operation for damaged toenails on my right foot I was forced to use my left. Initially it seemed impossible. At best maybe six months. It took three weeks.
I was so one-footed that for the first couple of days I could only do it from a stationary position. Right foot beside the ball with left foot swinging through. Putting in hours of work, at the end of a week I could plonk my right foot beside the ball at a slow lolloping gait and my weak foot was starting to make a good solid contact.
After another week I was trotting up to the ball and smacking it really hard with my instep. It felt great. The contact was more solid than that of my natural foot which was out of use for a couple of months.
At the end of the third week I was really enjoying this left foot business. CouldnÃ‚t get enough of it. Smacking balls all over the place with pretty good accuracy. Unfortunately, with tackling. control and a million other things off the agenda it was a while before I played in a match, but after only three weeks of solid training I no longer had a weak foot.
29 Posted 18/05/2015 at 01:56:21
30 Posted 18/05/2015 at 07:10:12
31 Posted 18/05/2015 at 11:58:07
I hope Browning is in the managerÃ‚s plans for next season because heÃ‚s decent as well. HeÃ‚s not as elegant as Stones and Galloway who I think are almost identical in the way they play but still a good player in the making. HeÃ‚s already proved to me that he is our backup for Coleman but itÃ‚s StonesÃ‚s position (his natural position) that he needs to be tested in.
32 Posted 18/05/2015 at 18:30:24
Wonder what you made of DistinÃ‚s pass back in the semi final against Liverpool. That one seems to be the exact opposite. It wasnÃ‚t pretty either :) I still have Ã‚If onlyÃ‚ moments!
I always say how good Messi could be if he used his right foot more.
33 Posted 18/05/2015 at 18:41:29
34 Posted 20/05/2015 at 16:14:52
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