Stubbs: 'A Golden Opportunity'
Alan Stubbs backs new manager's desire to blood Academy talent.
Roberto Martinez’s asserted wish to integrate more home-grown talent into his senior squad should be all the motivation the Club’s younger players need, according to Under-21s coach Alan Stubbs.
Last week, Martinez revealed he plans to devote a great deal of attention, time and effort to the Club’s Academy to get the most possible out of a budding generation of teenage Toffees hopefuls.
Stubbs is now encouraging the members of the Club’s Under-18s and his own Under-21s side to seize their opportunity at the start of pre-season.
“I’m sure he [Martinez] is someone who will give youth the chance because he showed that when he was at Wigan,” Stubbs told evertonfc.com
“Coming from Wigan to Everton, he’ll have more - and better - young players at his disposal, which he can use in training and in games if he needs that.
“It’s a great opportunity for the younger lads to impress the new manager and give him a reason to start them.
“When a new manager comes in there is a fresh challenge and, if you didn’t get many chances with the last manager, it’s a chance to impress and say to the new manager, ‘I’m ready’.
“If they get an opportunity then it’s up to them because that’s what football is all about. It’s about taking opportunities and what you do with them.”
Five members of Everton’s development squad could line-up for England in their Under-20s World Cup opener against Iraq on Sunday.
Defender Tyias Browning was also involved for the Three Lions last month as the Under-19s narrowly missed out on qualification to this summer’s European Championships.
“We’ve got some really exciting talents here at the moment,” acknowledged Stubbs.
“We’ve got one player in the England Under-19s and five in the Under-20s. Unfortunately we didn't have any in the Under-21s and, as I’ve said before, that’s what we need to be doing.
“That’s what we will keep striving to do.”