Jubilant Jags hails Toffees start

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Phil Jagielka has praised the impact of Everton's host of quality options available from the bench, and says that David Moyes can only benefit from having plenty of decisions to make over team selection this season.

The Blues' stand-in skipper paid tribute to recent arrivals Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi - who both made an immediate impact as second-half substitutes for the Toffees in their 3-1 win over Wigan at Goodison Park.

The emergence of two talented youngsters Ross Barkley and Apostolos Vellios - the latter of which got himself on the scoresheet alongside Drenthe to clinch the three points - has also increased the competition for places in Moyes' senior side, and Jagielka feels it will help to push the team forward.

"If you look at the bench, it's really strong," he told evertontv. "Louis [Saha] wasn't on it because he hasn't trained a lot recently but we've got people who can come on change the game and create chances.

"We haven't seen a lot of Denis but I'm sure the fans will be eager to see more after his little cameo and obviously Tollis is still young as well.


"But we've got a lot of players to bring on and hopefully help the gaffer to change the game."

Notoriously slow-starters, Everton, have now taken seven points from their opening four Barclays Premier League games after Saturday's home win over the Latics.

And Jagielka emphasised the importance of hitting the ground running, as the team prepares for a difficult month of fixtures that lie ahead, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United to come.

"It's frustrating in a way when you look at what we could have possibly got," he continued. "But we can't do anything about that now.

"It's a healthy start, it's not an amazing start but it's a lot better than how we've started before. But we know we've got a really tough month coming up and these points will come in handy."

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