This will come as music to the ears of some Everton fans who have levelled accusations at previous managers that they were not prepared to give enough young players a shot.
Silva, though, says that he treats all players equally regardless of age, and as long as a player is good enough then they will get their chance.
“It is really important [to have gifted youngsters at the club],” he said.
“And it is more important when you have the quality [we have] in our Academy as well.
“For me, the age is not the most important thing. For me, it is more or less the same approach for a player whether he is 18 or 30. [You have] the same demands of him.
“Of course, the most important thing is the quality.
“If they have quality, whether they are 18, 19 or 20, it is not really important. I am sure I will give them all the support and prepare them to give them the chance to play if they deserve to. I have the courage to take these types of decisions.
“If they deserve to play more than the others, they will have the chance.
“It is a matter of competition between the players and, after, I take the best decisions to win the match. This is the most important thing.”