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Roberto Martinez says Kieran Dowell is ready for first team

Youngster could be in Saturday squad

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UPDATE: Martinez added more comments about the player on Friday -

"I think Kieran has been terrific. When you've got some young players of the quality of Kieran you only feel that it is making sure the time is right to step into the first-team. He started pre-season really, really well.

"The two games he was involved he looked up to speed for the Premier League but he then picked up a nasty injury and it is now that he is picking up the level again so I have no worries whatsoever with Kieran.

"It is just making sure it is the right moment and the right opportunity to give him that Premier League debut that he's earned.

"As well (the right time), it is how he reacts towards being around the first team. Kieran, the biggest strength he's got is his mental strength, it is really, really good.

"Technically, we all know that left foot is very special but I just feel that the players we have now in the system is not just young players that they appear, they are young players that have been given a really strong programme and everyone that comes into the first-team is because they are ready to play and ready to help the first-team.

"Kieran is one of them as well as Matty Pennington, Tom Davies, Callum Connolly, they have already been involved in the first-team and the others who we feel are very close."

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has attended plenty of Under-21 games this season, including one where he got into an argument with a fan who yelled at him to quit the club. So he's certainly seen plenty of forward Kieran Dowell. The youngster has continued to score some astounding goals, especially in 2016.

Finally, Martinez has gone ahead and addressed the question that has been on every Evertonian's mind for months now - when will Dowell get a look-in at the senior squad?

"Kieran Dowell is clearly under consideration.

Kieran Dowell has been outstanding with his performances. He's had outstanding consistency for the under-21s. I feel he is ready to be given an opportunity for the first team."

In a poll we conducted on Tuesday, 98% of you that he was ready for the first team. Glad to see Roberto finally getting the message.

Romelu Lukaku has looked tired recently, and could use a break. Arouna Kone is a known property, and his deficiencies are as long as his dry spell. New signing Oumar Niasse could be a character from an Agatha Christie novel for all we know, The forwards cupboard is pretty bare right about now, so why not give the lad a chance.

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