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Jul 14, 2011

Neville hails Moyes' emphasis on youth

Everton captain Phil Neville has praised David Moyes' willingness to give the club's young players a chance to shine and reckons they can bank on getting plenty of first-team opportunities next season.

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Moyes has been quiet in the transfer market so far this summer, a situation Everton fans have grown used to in recent years, but Neville believes the Scottish boss does not need to spend excessively as he has an excellent talent pool at his disposal at the club.

The Toffees won the FA Premier Academy League last season and Neville feels a number of players will flourish if promoted to the first-team squad.

"I've been really impressed with everyone," Neville said. "The reserve players and academy players have trained with us. I was brought up at a club where youth is promoted and I've joined another club in Everton where youth is a massive part.

"The kids have got a great chance because if they're good enough they're going to get a chance with this manager. This is the start of hopefully a long journey for these boys and mixing with first team players is invaluable."

Ireland international Seamus Coleman, 22, enjoyed a breakthrough season at Goodison Park in 2010-1, while 21-year-old Jack Rodwell has also established himself as a key part of the first-team in the past two years.

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