Barkley to blossom at Everton under Martinez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It’s still early days, but the breakthrough player of the Premier League season so far has been Ross Barkley. The 19-year-old has been handed a starting place by Everton coach, Roberto Martinez, who has publicly declared his faith and excitement in the Englishman’s potential.
Martinez was full of praise for the England under 21 international following an impressive goal-capped performance against Norwich City on the opening day of the season. Barkley followed this up with a solid display against West Bromwich Albion second time out. The season has only begun but it’s already clear that Martinez believes the teenager can be the driving force in the Everton engine room this season.
And why not? A product of the Everton youth system, Barkley is a powerful midfielder with exquisite technique and a tenacious work ethic to match. In many ways he is an energetic box-to-box player in the same vein as Steven G...