Everton gaffer delighted with striker’s debut

Roberto Martinez was delighted with Lacina Traore’s Everton debut, and hopes there is plenty more to come from the Ivorian forward in the future, reports talkSPORT.

The on-loan Monaco forward didn’t take long to get off the mark for the Toffees, scoring inside three minutes of his debut as Everton reached the FA Cup quarter finals by beating Swansea 3-1.

Martinez pipped West Ham to the signing of the 23-year-old during the January transfer window, and could not hide his excitement following his debut performance.

“For Lacina Traore to play 60 minutes was a real success for us. He’s been working really hard behind the scenes and for us to get 60 minutes was the target,” Martinez said.

“For him to be able to play against a team like Swansea was a real nightmare for a striker coming into our league. I thought he coped with the instructions for the team off the ball really well.

“And he then scored within two minutes of his new career at Everton so it’s a beautiful sign for the future.”

Traore was replaced with Steven Naismith, who went on to score and win a penalty for Everton before being taken off with concussion.

Martinez revealed that he hoped the Scot would be fit enough to take part in the week’s training, despite obvious concern at the time of the incident.

“He’s OK, we’re going to check him in the next 24 hours. He had a bit of delayed concussion when he had the knock,” he added.

“He was OK but then all of a sudden he became a bit dizzy and he couldn’t remember much of what was happening and at that point we couldn’t take any risks.

“Obviously we’ll keep him in observation for the next 24 hours but we hope he’ll be fine and he can join the group for next week’s training.”

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