Everton manager David Moyes believes that the club need to invest more in young players if they are to remain competitive in the coming seasons.
Moyes has been able to achieve a fair deal of success with the Merseyside club despite working with a small budget over the years.
However, many of his established stars are in the twilight of their careers and Moyes feels it is imperative for the club to invest in younger players.
"I do think there is a big rebuilding job to go on at Everton. We have a few players getting near the end - we have a little bit of an ageing team," Moyes told reporters.
"We have not invested an awful lot over the last five or six years so we have to now be looking to see how we do that, how we get the team moving forward and get some younger players in as well as developing our own.
"That is the hard bit. We have a few players in their 30s and we have to start looking to replace them but supporters also want us to continue playing at the top of the league."
Phil Neville is one of the Toffees’ longest serving players but the veteran utility man will leave a gaping hole when he departs at the end of his contract.
"With Phil going that is a big piece of the jigsaw which will leave and if we make Europe we are going to have to find a way of bringing in five or six players because of the way your squad is affected," he added.
"It is a tough act for us at the moment because we are trying to get that balance of keeping up at the top end of the league and obviously having to try to change over the age group of players we have.
"It happens at all clubs. It all comes to an end and teams continue to evolve."