Everton recorded a decent 3-1 victory over QPR at Goodison Park on monday night, and the newly tried central midfield partnership of youngsters Muhamed Besic and Ross Barkley were much to thank.
Martinez opted to keep a very consistent pairing of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy in central midfield for the majority of last season, however with the pair both sidelined through suspension and injury respectively, a fresh combination was formed.
The English midfielder scored a fine goal, but his performance was filled with so much more than that. In a deeper role, Barkley was the engine of team - tracking back and tackling, but bursting forward and creating too.
COMBINATION THE KEY
Barkley has proved what a great player he is during the last few seasons, cementing a more regular position in the Everton team, whilst also breaking into the national team and World Cup squad.
He has everything needed of a centre midfielder and that was proven last night - the 21-year-old put in a good, solid shift all over the pitch and got on the scoresheet at the attacking end to give his side a much needed opening goal.
BESIC HAS ADAPTED QUICKLY
Muhamed Besic on the other hand, gave Everton an ultra-solid shield in front of the defence, whilst linking with Barkley on numerous occasions, sparking light of a real midfield bond.
The 22-year-old has been influential since breaking into the first team, and his work ethic paired with his technical ability is something Everton fans can be excited about. It was a well earned Man of the Match performance from the exciting talent.
STRONG POSITION FOR THE TOFFEES
To have players like Besic and Barkley to replace Barry and McCarthy, it portrays the strength in depth that the Toffees have in the position and the competition that will be created when all are available.
Steven Naismith returned to the side to feature against QPR and he continued his fine form, getting on the scoresheet for a sixth time this season.
Although he is more attack minded than the four players previously mentioned, Naismith still offers many fine traits we expect of talented midfielders and that was proved in his stats from Monday night's game.
Everton are not ideally where they may have planned to be at this stage of the season, as they only just moved into the top half of the league after Monday night's win.
However, with their current squad, the future looks bright. The club who have struggled financially more than most top half teams are finally beginning to build a strong squad.
With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and a whole host of young midfield talent at the club, Martinez could possibly lead Everton to new heights. The most important thing for them is to hold on to the talent they have.
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