Last Updated: Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:13
Roberto Martinez feels competition for places and the strength of his squad can only bode well for the future of Everton.
The Toffees have enjoyed a superb first half of the season and find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League table and just one point outside a Champions League qualification place.
They also advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the weekend with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Martinez made five changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Stoke City in their last Premier League outing but watched his fringe players do the business against Harry Redknapp's men.
And the Spanish tactician was delighted with the seamless way in which the new players slipped into their roles.
"Everyone fitted into the team structure and looked like they had been playing together for a long time," he told the club's official website. "That's down to the players and how they work on a daily basis and how they know each other's game."
And the former Wigan chief is happy that the younger players have now put up their hands and shown that they can challenge the more established stars at Goodison Park.
"It's the competition for places that we need," he added. "That strength in the squad will allow us to have a confident outlook and we have got a lot of people who we can rely on."
Punters looking to use a free bet might fancy Everton to go on and finish in the top four this term, while they are among the favourites to lift the FA Cup.
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