Everton boss full of praise for Shane Duffy

Updated: January 27, 2012

Everton manager David Moyes has been praising young Irish defender Shane Duffy, who he feels can become a star at the club. The Scot is hoping that he can ease the player into his first-team over the coming months.

The 20-year-old has already seen action at the top level with first-choice centre-backs Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both out injured. Daly appeared as a substitute against Spurs, and has started the last two Premiership games.

Moyes said: “Shane has done really well and he has got something. He will certainly have a good career in the game and we hope it is at Everton. But the level is going to step up – the more you play, people start to look for more from you.

“We want to Shane to keep doing things simply, not over-complicating it. He will be feeling good about himself and we want him to play that way, but we will have to keep an eye on him closely.”

Moyes faces a difficult decision tonight over whether to retain Duffy for the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Fulham or recall fit-again Tony Hibbert.

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