Leon Osman highlights key strength in Everton's squad

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Everton have struggled in the Premier League this season, but Leon Osman believes they have a key strength in their squad.

Speaking to the official Everton website, midfielder Leon Osman has claimed that the size and depth of the Toffees squad is an asset.

The Toffees are all-but safe from relegation from the top flight now, and they can focus their attention on the Europa League, as they have a real chance of progressing to the quarter-finals this week.

An away tie with Dynamo Kyiv awaits on Thursday, and head coach Roberto Martinez may look to rotate his squad after the weekend’s victory over Newcastle United. Five changes were made in that match from the squad who defeated Dynamo in the first leg at Goodison Park last week, and the Spanish coach will likely go back to picking his strongest XI for the trip to Ukraine.

Gareth Barry will be available despite missing the weekend due to a domestic ban, whilst Aaron Lennon will have to miss out as he is cup-tied, having featured in Europe with Tottenham Hotspur.

Osman is one of the players who was brought back to the first-team for the Newcastle victory, and he will likely miss out on match action in Ukraine. The 33-year-old midfielder has admitted that he cannot sulk when out of the team, especially considering the strength in depth that the Toffees possess.

“The manager has a big squad, a good squad,” Osman told the official Everton website.

“We had five changes for Newcastle but we were still really strong. There'll be changes again on Thursday I’m sure and there's a load of competition for places, but we're in this as a team.

“There's no sulking if you're not in the team - it's all about the 11 that are out there getting a result.”

Considering the depth in the Toffees squad, it is a surprise to see them struggling in domestic competitions so much, whilst excelling in Europe.

The lack of a top class second-choice striker does not help if Romelu Lukaku has to be rested, and maybe, despite all the depth, the squad just is not good enough to compete on various fronts for an entire campaign.

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