New Everton boss Ronald Koeman is determined to help the club’s young talent flourish during the upcoming campaign.
The Dutchman succeeded Roberto Martinez as manager at Goodison Park last month and he has already added experienced goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to his squad.
The former Southampton boss has been linked with making further additions to his team ahead of the new season, but he insists he would rather hand opportunities to some of the club’s fledgling youngsters.
He said: “We all know it’s all about winning but if you can do that with people from the club, from the academy, then that’s better. It’s one of my philosophies that I want to bring to Everton.
“We have a great academy. OK we can sign players but the best thing is that young players get their debuts in the first team because they are working hard in the academy and you have to give them the confidence to get opportunities to play in the first team if they’re really talented.”
The likes of Kieran Dowell, Tom Davies and JonJoe Kenny all made their Premier League debuts for the Toffees last season and they will be looking to cement their place in the first-team during the 2016-17 campaign.