Belfast Telegraph

Moyes satisfied with youngsters

Everton manager David Moyes admits he is having to construct a new side from resources within the cash-strapped club but is pleased with the way it is shaping up.

Having sold Mikel Arteta, Jermaine Beckford and Ayegbeni Yakubu and allowed Joseph Yobo to go out on loan the Scot was only able to bring in striker Denis Stracqualursi and winger Royston Drenthe on temporary deals. That has meant he has had to use more back-up players but he has been rewarded with some promising cameos from teenagers Ross Barkley and Apostolos Vellios.

"I'm having to look to try to build a new side from what we've got, not necessarily with lots of new players," said Moyes. "I need to get myself in the right position in the league but also need to see where we can take it on and try to find the new (Tim) Cahills."

Barkley, 17, has already impressed in all four of the Toffees' matches so far while Vellios, 19, made his first appearance of the season - and only the fourth of his Everton career - as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

The Greek youngster was only on the pitch for five minutes on Saturday but almost scored twice.

Moyes added: "If people hadn't seen the Greek boy (Vellios) who came on they'd say 'Boy oh boy, you're not the worst are you? You've done okay and were unlucky not to get one or two goals'. And we have another couple who are similar to that.

"The problem is if you are trying them out in the Premier League it's a risk and at the moment I'm risking them.

"Ideally you would go and get them Championship experience so they know what the speed is like and the game is like and what they have to do. But because of our numbers we have to use these boys either in the team or to fill out the bench."

Moyes also had praise for midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who at 23 has been one of the team's key players for a couple of seasons now.

"I've said all along I think Fellaini is a really good player in the Premier League," Moyes said on "And he's young. He's only 23 now so you think what he could be like when he's 26 or 27, but we think he's already come on a lot."


From Belfast Telegraph