Silva: Blend of youth and experience key to Everton success

Marco Silva has said that while he is not interested in a players age, he thinks that Everton’s current blend of youth and experience will be key to any potential success.

The Toffees have got off to a good start to the Premier League season, drawing their opening game against Wolves, before beating Southampton last weekend, with new signing Richarlison scoring in both games.

While Everton were able to field a team with youngsters such as Mason Holgate, 21, Jordan Pickford, 24, Richarlison, 21, and Michael Keane, 25, there was also the experienced old heads of Leighton Baines, 33, Theo Walcott, 29,  and 28-year-old pair Gylfi Sigurdsson and Morgan Schneiderlin.

It is this blend of age groups that manager Marco Silva thinks will help the side to success this season.

“The age [of an individual] is not important for me,” Silva told the Everton website.

“Whether you are 18, or 33 or 34, it is not important.

“What makes the difference is your performance and the way you work every day. Then I will make my decisions.

“But you do have to have a balance in the squad. Even if the squad is younger than last season’s we kept a lot of experience, which is important.”

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