With no match until the trip tp Crystal Palace next week, after exiting the FA Cup to West Ham United nine days ago, the Spaniard has taken his first team squad on a warm weather excursion to Qatar.
Joining those established stars will be some of the club’s Under-21s players, and Martinez revealed that his young guns have every chance of figuring for the first team before the end of the season, providing they work hard and showcase their talents in the Middle East.
“I think the younger players, the ones who have been involved with the first team, have a unique opportunity to show that they are ready,” said Martinez. “They want to carry on participating with the first team.
“I think young Conor McAleny, who has had a difficult start to the season, has had a very good period of working consistently. This time away will be important to highlight how fresh and how sharp he is looking.
“It is the same for Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt. We also have Jindrich Stanek joining the group on top of Russell Griffiths, and those are footballers that we feel have the potential to contribute to the first team.
“That is something that is going to be tested in that environment.”