Everton boss Roberto Martinez has praised midfielder Gerard Deulofeu following the club's League Cup defeat to Fulham on Tuesday.
The Barcelona loanee played the whole game as Martin Jol's men came from behind to win - with second-half goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent cancelling out Steven Naismith's opener.
However, despite the defeat, Martinez was impressed with the 19-year-old's performance and backed him to improve further.
"You can see when he runs with the ball he’s electric, he makes things happen and I felt he could have won the game quite easily for us in the first half," Martinez said.
"When you see him running at full flow he’s quite unstoppable. In the first half he caused all sorts of problems, getting between the lines really well, really strong on the counter, and I felt his play deserved more goals in the first half.
"The hardest thing in football is to go past people and score goals, and that’s his talent. That’s exceptional to have in any side.
"He comes from a very different league and type of football so he needs to adapt, but in terms of the quality he brings it’s exceptional for a man of that age. He’s got a terrific future."
It was Martinez's first competitive defeat at the club, with Everton boasting an unbeaten record in the Premier League this season.
The former Wigan Athletic manager felt that his side were unlucky in their second-round tie but lamented their missed opportunities.
"One of the things it's fair to say is that we never had a little bit of luck," he told Everton's official website.
"The first half was outstanding, very, very dominant but the only criticism is that we didn't take more chances.
"I felt we created enough chances to win the game and that's why it's so disappointing not to get through."
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