Everton boss David Moyes believes their injury crisis has worked in the club's favour.
Now Moyes reckons his first-choice stars have some genuine competition at last - and he is loving it.
He said: "When the big hitters come back, there are one or two who might frighten them more than before - so we will try and bring those boys on.
"It might not be a foregone conclusion for people to be No 1. We need that competition and the young lads have helped that."