Everton manager David Moyes is confident that his club can help rising star Jack Rodwell fulfil his potential, while fending off rumoured interest from any interested parties.
The 18-year-old hit the headlines at the weekend with the clinching goal in a 3-1 win over Manchester United, who raided Goodison Park in the summer of 2004 for then Toffees starlet Wayne Rooney.
Moyes told the Daily Echo: "We weren't ready when Wayne came on the scene.
"We're ready for Jack Rodwell and our team is good enough to carry a Jack Rodwell and keep bigger suitors away.
"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.
"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.
"If Wayne was at Everton now I think it would be completely different.
"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."