Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo he feels managing his players in the right way is the best approach for the rest of the season.
Martinez has picked out three of his first team stars as examples of how the club can benefit from a sensible and unpressured approach to helping players ease their way back into the side after injury.
“It’s been really positive to see players like Mo Besic arrive at the club at such a young age 22 and take a big role and big responsibility,” said the boss.
“John Stones in his early 20s, Ross Barkley players who have had to grow up quicker than expected because of the injuries we have had.”
“I see it as a period which if we manage well will give us benefits at the end of the season.”
Besic, Barkley and Stones are all very important players in key positions and they are all examples of players who could have been rushed back into the team.
Everton took a more cautious approach when there was pressure for them to return and as a result, that’s reduced their chances of recurring problems over the rest of the campaign.
A similar approach could be taken in relation to other injured players at the moment.
Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Tim Howard are among the key players still out mentioned, who could all make a big difference over the rest of the season.
Getting those key individuals back into the team at full strength is important because the experience they all boast will be important if Everton push on and are fighting for a European place in the spring.