Martinez planning to blood Everton youngsters

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits he could field more young players in the coming games. Everton meet with Southampton this weekend.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez admits he could field more young players in the coming games.

Everton meet with Southampton this weekend.

Martinez said: "This weekend maybe we will have to bring in someone from the Under-21s and give him an opportunity.

"That is what we are as a club. We will not blame players that are missing we just celebrate the opportunity given to young players.

"This season we have given opportunities throughout the season. Players aged 19, 20, 21 have been given important roles in the side and it is not about being young, it is about being prepared.

"Probably that unknown quality has given us that extra edge. Look at John Stones and how he has been performing aged 19.

"Sometimes you need that opportunity, which comes through suspension or injury, but that is not a case to be worried we will drop the level of the performance.

"We pride ourselves on the work we do with the youngsters and we need to be brave enough to give them an opportunity.

"You rely on senior figures to help and protect them but the younger players bring you other qualities: bravery, energy, and it is trying to use the good things they bring rather than highlight the lack of experience."

 
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