Phil Jagielka is confident Jack Rodwell will see his development accelerate after making his full Everton debut in the defeat to Blackburn.

"It's a steep learning for him, especially considering the situation we're in at the moment," said Jagielka.

"In an ideal world I wouldn't be playing in central midfield. We've had a couple of injuries, and we've had to deal with the situation we are in at the moment.

"So it was hard for Jack in the first half, but in the second half I thought he grew into the game. He found a lot more passes and looked more like the player we know he will become.

"We'll see if he will sink or swim, but I'm sure he will swim. He has fantastic ability and hopefully he can soon be on a few winning sides."