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Moyes thrilled by Rodwell display

Jack Rodwell
Rodwell could go on to be a very important player for Everton

Everton boss David Moyes heaped praise on Jack Rodwell after his two-goal performance in the 4-0 defeat of Sigma Olomouc in their Europa League tie.

Midfielder Rodwell, 18, was in inspired form and became Everton's youngest scorer in European competition.

Moyes said: "He showed he is a very good player. He controlled parts of the game at different times.

"I was surprised by his shooting - he strikes a lovely ball but I haven't seen him rattle the the net before."

However, Moyes added that he would continue to use Rodwell sparingly, insisting the youngster still has some way to go before his is the finished article.

"Jack has great potential and we hope he will go on to fulfil it," said Moyes.

"We will bring him along in the right way. He has a bit to go yet. We will use him in the games we see fit."


Louis Saha also weighed in with a brace and Moyes was delighted with the Frenchman's performance.

Moyes said: "I thought Louis did really well in pre-season. He was unlucky not to start on Saturday.

"You can see the quality he has got. He is an excellent player."

However, Moyes was relieved that his side had recovered from a poor start against the visitors, who knocked out Aberdeen in the last round.

He added: "It was a really good response from the players. I am really pleased with the result but we still have a difficult second leg to play.

"We did not set off particularly well. I thought the opposition did very well.

"They will feel aggrieved they should have had a penalty in the first half. So we had a bit of good fortune."

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