Everton captain Phil Jagielka hails the club's young defensive core

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The weekend draw at Swansea City has drummed up further promise for Everton's blossoming back line.

For the past year, it has been centre-back John Stones lapping up the plaudits at the heart of Everton's defence, but it seems that the 21-year-old now isn't the only youngster catching the eye.

Speaking to Everton's official website following their 0-0 draw with Swansea City over the weekend, club captain Phil Jagielka also singled out Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway for special praise in their resolute showing.

“Tyias had a tremendously hard job and did really well," Jagielka said. "He was playing against one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

“Brendan - as he usually does - got stuck in and had a great game. The back four is a little bit different to what it has been in previous seasons but it shows that the squad has got some good young talent and some depth."

Excluding the experienced Jagielka, Everton's back four on on Saturday took to the field with an average age of just over 20. And against one of the best attacking teams in the league, their collective performance in what promised to be a tricky game will have left a sizable impression on manager Roberto Martinez.

The draw at the Liberty Stadium meant that the Toffees stayed within touching distance of the top five, after taking their points tally to nine after the first six fixtures of the new Premier League campaign.

Up next for them is an away trip to take on West Bromwich Albion, where the likes of Browning and Galloway in particular will be hoping to retain their starting spots in Martinez's line-up.

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