Roberto Martinez singled out Tyias Browning as the “best one v one defender we have at the club” following his full debut against Swansea.
The 21-year-old was up against a tricky customer in Jefferson Montero, but played his part in helping Everton keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
“I’m sure he’ll forgive me for putting him one to one against Jefferson Montero on his full debut,” said the Blues boss.
“He will look back and have a bit of a laugh about that. I have so much belief in him. He’s probably the best defender we have in the squad in one v one situations.
“I think it took him a couple of actions to get used to the tempo of Jefferson and the tempo of the Premier League, but then after that he coped with a player that sometimes you need two men to stop, I am sure that any other task from now on will be a piece of cake!”
“We have Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka, and sometimes we forget how young John Stones is, but to have that core helping the youngsters is so important,”
“We had Tyias Browning making his full debut in the Premier League and the other full-back, Brendan Galloway, is still a teenager but has been performing really really well.
“To keep a clean sheet with that youth, and the amount of decisions those two youngsters had to make today made me extremely proud of what we are as a football club.
“Young players will be given opportunities here and they have to be good enough to take them.
“At Finch Farm the Academy deserves enormous credit.”
Martinez also revealed that the Everton players were disappointed not to win in Wales after dominating for large parts of the second half.
“You move on very quickly [from Chelsea]. Today was about Swansea City and the dressing room is quite down at the moment,” he said.
“The second half performance was very different from the first half, we had a real intent and had to create chances.
“It’s not normal to create so many chances and not score a goal. We are feeling a little bit deflated and the performances against Southampton and Chelsea set a real standard for us. But if you remember we had our four main full-backs out injured, which is very rare, it’s inmpressive to be able to perform in the manner we did.”