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Martinez buoyed by perfect Everton blend

Roberto Martinez has re-iterated his love for the fact that Everton have such a nice mix of youth and experience.

The Toffees sit fourth on the Premier League table after 17 matches which has been made possible by consistent performances from veterans like Tim Howard, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry while young guns Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy have also featured prominently, prompting words of praise from the manager.

"It's been a really exciting start, remember we've got a good squad of players, the mixture is perfect, we've got good direction and standards from the senior players, they've got experience and good know-how, not just in the league, it's how an Everton footballer should behave," he told Weekend Warm-Up on Sky Sports News.

"Then the youngsters, they bring incredible talent and bravery, the combination is about right, we have young players and they're ready for big roles, and we have the senior players with direction of the senior boys, that's been really exciting - everyone desperate to help the team and listen, week by week we're developing and hitting good performances and we still feel we've got a long way to go to where we can get."

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