Everton skipper Phil Neville is convinced there's some great talent in the club's youth system.
The 34-year-old tasted FA Youth Cup success in 1995 and believes Everton's impressive record with young players is another reason for optimism.
"The Under-18s have just won the Youth League, we've got young players coming through, a manager who is not afraid to blood young players and I think the future is bright," said Neville on evertontv.
"Yes we've had disappointments this year, probably more disappointments than the good bits but we can still look back on this year and be proud that we've recovered well from a bad start.
"We've finished the season strongly we're in seventh place in the league, we've beaten some very good teams and we've played some fantastic football. Maybe we should concentrate on the positives rather than the negatives."