New Everton manager Marco Silva is keen to have balance in his squad and has offered hope to many of the 30-somethings at the club.
One of the criticisms levelled at former manager Ronald Koeman and ex-director of football Steve Walsh was that last summer’s recruitment did not provide the necessary players.
The Toffees started the season with three number 10s and no senior striker in an ageing side lacking in pace.
Silva, who with new director of football Marcel Brands is finalising his transfer targets, is keen to ensure there is a good mix of young and experienced players.
“It is always good when you have this balance,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“Some experience, some young players, some fresh players as well but I cannot tell you if the squad is too old or not – it’s not fair for me.
“For me, in football you don’t have age. If an 18-year-old player is better than the other or deserves to play more than the other then he will play more than the one who is 29 or 30.
“But it is not fair to the player who is 32, 33 if he is better than the other if I don’t play him because he is 32, 33.”
Among those in the 30-plus group whose future is unclear is Wayne Rooney, who is still pondering a move to DC United.
Both Silva and Brands said on their arrival at the club they would not stand in the 32-year-old’s way and with a deal understood to have been agreed with the Major League Soccer side, the decision now rests with the player, who is taking his time to consider his future.