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Boss Hints At Derby Debuts

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Roberto Martinez believes Saturday's Merseyside derby could be the perfect occasion for some of Everton's youngsters to shine.
 
The current Blues squad boasts a mixture of top-flight experience and fresh-faced enthusiasm – and this weekend Martinez will send his troops into a Mersey derby battle for the first time.

With the likes of Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu among the teenagers pushing for a starting role, the Spaniard has hinted he might not be the only derby debutant at Goodison Park.
 
He told evertontv: "Sometimes having knowhow helps and sometimes not knowing helps as well.
 
"I think there are certain positions on the pitch where it is better to know what to expect. There are others where it is better to be fresh and raw to use that talent in your advantage.
 
"The creative positions are where you can take advantage of that fearless approach.
 
"Defensively, you need to be well aware, to anticipate and to control a fixture like this is where experience is welcome.
 
"It's finding the right mixture and the right time for every player to play a part.
 
"What's most important everyone is pushing in the same direction, gets Goodison rocking and making that home advantage a big part of our performance."
 
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