Roberto Martinez has admitted that the younger members of his squad will have a key role to play over the next nine months, as he puts the finishing touches to his side and embarks on his debut campaign with Everton.
The club's recent pre-season tour of the USA enabled the manager to test some of his less experienced players against the quality possessed by Juventus, Real Madrid and Valencia.
Youngsters like Ross Barkley and John Stones - who scored an exquisite penalty against Juve - have had the chance to immerse themselves in the first-team, whilst advertising themselves for a starting place at Norwich on the opening day.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo after the final tour game, Martinez concisely summarised the positives that he has picked up from pre-season.
The manager told the newspaper: “I saw a lot of our young players and they’re going to have big roles in our season so in that respect I’m very pleased.
“I’ve taken a lot of information in. We’ve had a perfect work out, a perfect run of games. Valencia were tough opponents who can do a bit of everything."
The arrival of a new boss has also prompted the signings of Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone - who all worked with Martinez at Wigan. Meanwhile, Gerard Deulofeu has been brought in on loan from Barcelona.
Under a fresh regime, players who were there during the Moyes days, have been given an opportunity to prove themselves and change their roles from fringe players to starting stars.
And the former Swansea manager is happy with the outcome of his side's visit to the States.
“I knew it was going to be a very difficult exercise because we’ve completed a lot of work. My main concern was that we didn’t pick up any injuries, and thankfully Nikica Jelavic only had a dead leg so that aside it’s been a real success,” added the Spaniard.
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