Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes the club's young players have what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League.
The 35-year-old has praised the likes of Ross Barkley, Luke Garbutt and John Stones, all of whom featured for the Blues in their recent 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers last Saturday.
With winger Gerard Deulofeu due to join the club from Barcelona on a season-long loan, Distin is pleased with the players coming through to the first-team squad.
"I'm the oldest player, yes, and I've got absolutely no problem with that [but] we need some youngsters because guys like me aren't going to play forever, even if I want to," said the defender.
"If you want the team to be able to get other players like me or Tim Howard or anyone you need youngsters and they need to start playing now, not just last minute when you need them.
"I think plenty of them have got more than enough to play in the Premier League," he added.
Everton's pre-season campaign will now continue in the United States after the club arrived in America where they take on Juventus tomorrow as the International Champions Cup gets underway.
And despite the vast step up in opposition from their previous friendlies with Accrington Stanley and Blackburn, the Frenchman feels the team are ready to compete.
"If you look last season, we didn't do any tour and still had a great season so I don't think it's about where you go, it's more like how you prepare and how you take every game," he explained.
"You can play against small clubs all of pre-season and still have a good season. I don't think because we're going to play Juventus and (other) massive clubs that we're going to have a bigger season or a better season.
"We have to just be professional and play those kind of games the same as we played against Blackburn or Accrington, or anyone," added Distin.
Everton's Premier League campaign gets underway at Carrow Road when they face Norwich on August 17th.
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