Fulham boss Martin Jol insists they have an exciting group of young players coming through.

They have had the oldest squad in the Premier League for the past three seasons, but the Dutchman will not use young players for the sake of it.

"Necessity is the mother of invention," he said. "I've got a few youngsters but they have to do well.

"For example Matthew Briggs is a youngster and has played for a few loan teams but he has to do well.

"If you don't do well you can't expect to be in the first team.

"Kaca (Alex Kacaniklic) did okay but they have to work hard and develop themselves.

"Kerim Frei is one them. Chris David will be one of them but they have to prove they are as good as someone in the first team.

"It's not an easy one but I'm 100 per cent certain that we have one of the best academies in England. They proved that every year - champions of England and finalists before.

"How many players in England are 18 or 19 in the first team? Mention one player. But Fulham will have one or two. I am always respectful for my older players."