England is known for producing some high quality attacking talent and Everton midfield star Ross Barkley is one such player who took the whole nation by a storm even when he was only a teenager. Barkley moved to Everton permanently after a loan deal in the 2013-14 season and immediately made his mark on the Merseyside. He is also an integral part of the English national team and is slowly growing into a very important player for the club and country.
At the age of 21, Barkley is bound to be one of the hottest prospects in club football at the moment. In this article, we will take a look at how the young Evertonian has fared so far in his young career and if his boyhood club will be able to keep him for years to come.
Barkley shot into fame with his stellar performances in the 13-14 season against the likes of Swansea city and Arsenal where he helped Everton overcome the odds and secure a victory. Barkley is often described as a mix of Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack and is a rare player of his kind. He has great pace and an excellent technique with the ball. He is also a power house who never backs down from a challenge. He is the kind of a player every manager would love to have in his team.
Roberto Martinez has shown great confidence in the youngster right from his debut and the attacking midfielder has never failed to impress his manager or the fans. He is a tireless runner who gives his all for the cause of the team. He is also smart with the ball at his feet and also has the ability to create chances for his team-mates. In his small career, Barkley has already played 19 games for his national team since his debut in 2013. He has scored 2 goals for England in those 19 games.
He is even more effective in the Blue of Everton as he has been one of their star players in the last two seasons. Barkley scored 7 goals in his debut season with Everton in the Premier League. He has been in great form so far this season having played all the 13 games in the Premier League so far. He has scored 5 goals already and also has 4 assists to his name and has helped Everton stay at the top half of the table after 13 games.
Barkley is an astute passer of the ball. His vision and understanding of the game make him a potential super star in the midfield area. He averages almost 2 key passes per game this season. He also has a passing percentage of 86.5% and completes an average of more than 50 passes a game. All these stats prove that the 21 year old is one of the most exciting young players in Europe.
The offensive midfielder has an all round ability and will increase the quality of any side he walks into. Everton and Roberto Martinez will know that he is a player that can make the difference in big matches and that he will be a very popular player in Europe if he continues to play this way. It will not be surprising to see a host of European giants swoop for Barkley this summer and it will be interesting to see how Martinez will be able to keep him at the club.
That said, Barkley is not yet the finished article and has almost his entire career in front of him. It will surely be better for him to stay in the League he is comfortable with and continue to progress into the player he is capable of. Till then, he will be one of the most exciting youngsters in the top flight of European football.
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