O'Neill has been thoroughly impressed with the likes of Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso, Ciaran Clark and Shane Lowry and believes they should take heart that they are only been kept out of the team by quality internationals.
He told AVTV: "The players that are keeping our young lads out of the side are fully-fledged internationals.
"We've sent Shane out on loan, Ciaran came into the side for the game with Fulham and played as if he had turned out 50 times in the Premier League. It is all very encouraging.
"I am hoping those players would get chances. The Premier League, as I am often reminded, is not the place to be experimenting all the time. When I look back, I wish we had the European games because I would definitely have looked to blood them in that - metaphorically rather than physically of course.
"But I am sure their chance will come and I am sure they will grasp it."