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Cahill nurturing Toffees talent

Aussie playmaker impressed by youngsters

Cahill: Happy to help

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Tim Cahill has promised to help 'look after' Everton's latest crop of promising youngsters.

The Australia international has been mightily impressed by the emergence of Jack Rodwell and Dan Gosling as first-team candidates this season.

The teenage duo have certainly caught eye, helping the Toffees into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and playing their part in the club's quest for a top six finish in the Premier League.

Cahill is just one of a host of admirers happy to pile praise on the Goodison Park starlets and believes Everton's senior stars will do all they can to further their progression in the future.

"The youngsters have been outstanding, they have stepped into the side with so much maturity," he said.

"The senior players here have been very impressed. And you can be sure we will look after them as their careers progress, that is what this squad is all about."

Rodwell put Everton on their way to a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday and Cahill believes David Moyes' young squad can be proud of their achievements this season.

Privileged

He added: "This win has been a massive achievement. The youngsters who came into the side did so well and the performance was at the pinnacle of our achievements this season.

"The youngsters really showed their worth. And we have to all pull together when we have as many injuries as we have now.

"Everything was spot-on, the work rate and commitment. I feel very privileged to be playing alongside these players and for this club, we all know what it is to go out and give everything.

"We will do all we can to help the youngsters, it is the style here to do that. They have been around the squad for a while and the gaffer has bedded them in nicely.

"He is very clever with the way he uses them in matches, and they have both done very well.

"We never get ahead of ourselves at this club, but we understand that beating teams like Liverpool and Aston Villa can really set you up for the future."