first_imgFormer Everton defender Alan Stubbs believes the Toffees have the ability to break into the Premier League’s top four if they build the team around the club’s young stars.The likes of Ross Barkley, John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu, all below 23, have been in top form this season, while Romelu Lukaku has transformed into one of the country’s most lethal frontmen.The Belgium international become only the fifth player to reach 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23 earlier this term – joining Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo – and he scored his seventh goal in six games to seal a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday.Roberto Martinez’s men endured a disappointing campaign last season, missing out on a European spot as they finished in 11th in the top flight table.But, having manged to hold off interest from a number of clubs to keep their promising young starlets over the summer tranfer window, ex-centre-back Stubbs sees real signs for excitement for the future at Goodison Park.“The last window was a big statement to make for Everton, especially standing their ground over John Stones,” the former Toffees star, now manager of Scottish side Hibernian, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If Everton are going to become a top four team they have to build a team around these young players.“You look at the Everton team and the players now, whenever they get the ball they look like they’ve got lots of options and are full of confidence.“Lukaku is unplayable at times up front and Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu; they all want to take the ball into tight areas and are not afraid if someone is close to them.“Everton look very exciting at the moment.”last_img

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