Last Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:09
Roberto Martinez says Ross Barkley can only get better and believes the youngster is in a "very good moment" in his fledgling career.
The 19-year-old was outstanding in the Blues' 2-2 opening-day draw at Norwich on Saturday, scoring a fine goal and having a hand in much of the visitors' best attacking play.
His performance has been hailed by plenty of pundits and now the teenager will hope to keep his place in Martinez's side across the season.
The new Everton boss has been very impressed with what he has seen from the youngster over the summer and now he is expecting him to develop further.
"The goal that he scored was a wonderful piece of skill and a wonderful piece of quality but I was really happy with his contribution, the responsibility he took and his performance," said Martinez.
"Any youngster could be very, very proud of what he did. He got on the ball and he made us play. It's not about him wanting to perform like that consistently - I think that's where he is now.
"I think he is a lot older in terms of football experiences and I think his time with England has really helped him in terms of opening his mind."
He added on the club's website: "So I would say he is a lot 'older' than his age reflects. All I am guided by is his work and what he has done in pre-season and, for me, he's a player in a very, very good moment of form but physically and mentally he's in a very good moment as well."
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