Roberto Martinez feels the occasion of the derby against Liverpool this weekend will benefit his younger players.
Everton host Liverpool in the late kick-off this Saturday and the boss has suggested the Toffees have players who can use the occasion as future experience.
“We always enjoy going into derbies with everything to play for. It is a massive rivalry but a healthy one,” said the manager.
“We have got some young players who can learn a lot on those situations - we are looking forward to it.”
Everton possess many youngsters with bright futures who could have a key role to play in the Derby.
John Stones is a good example, having regained his place in the back four and it will be interesting to see how he plays if Liverpool choose to start Daniel Sturridge, who has hit the ground running after a return from injury.
Martinez also suggests in the Daily Post that Ross Barkley will be back in the team for the game and he’s a player who could decide the game.
Barkley is a key figure in behind the main striker or strikers and he will definitely benefit from a successful experience in this derby.
The problem comes if Martinez feels his younger players could get overawed by the occasion and pressure of playing Liverpool, but he’s a superb judge of character and will get his team properly fired up for the game.