Everton manager David Moyes says the club are now better equipped to deal with emerging young talent.
Goodison Park witnessed the return of Wayne Rooney on Saturday as the Toffees put in an excellent display to dent Manchester United's Premier League title hopes with a 3-1 win.
Two Everton youngsters got on the scoresheet against the Red Devils in the form of Dan Gosling, 20, and Jack Rodwell, 18, with both players looking like hot prospects for the future.
Rooney burst onto the scene at Everton when he was 16, scoring a fine goal against Arsenal in the league, but he moved to Old Trafford for £25million in 2004.
Moyes praised current Toffees youngsters Gosling and Rodwell after the win over United, and he is not concerned about speculation and interest from other clubs, saying he has learned from the past.
"They don't let you down. They came in and both of them got a good goal," he said.
"There's been quite a lot of attention towards Jack Rodwell for a while. But strangely enough, it was Wayne that worried me a lot more.
"It doesn't worry me quite so much with Jack because we've been through it before.
"I don't think we were quite ready for when Wayne came on the scene but we're certainly ready for Jack Rodwell and our team is good enough to carry a Jack Rodwell and keep him and keep bigger suitors away.
"The boy is going to be a good player in time but at this present time it's potential and we have to bring it along at the right pace."
Rooney has gone on to become a leading star for Manchester United and England, and is the Premier League's current top scorer.
Moyes believes that if a player of Rooney's calibre emerged now, Everton would have a better chance of being able to keep hold of him.
"If Wayne was at Everton now I think it would be completely different," he added.
"We're competing within Europe, we're trying to beat the top teams, we're at that end of the league.
"At the time Wayne came on the scene we were fifth or sixth off the bottom so it was a completely different Everton then to what it is now."