Everton boss Martinez hails midfielder Barkley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has waxed lyrical about the potential of England midfielder Ross Barkley, rating the 19-year-old on par with any player developed by one of the Three Lions’ worldwide rivals, the Independent has reported.

Barkley has featured on a regular basis since Martinez replaced David Moyes at Goodison Park and impressed to the point that England manager Roy Hodgson handed Barkley an international bow, with Barkley remaining in the squad to play Germany on Tuesday.

Martinez believes that Barkley has the skill to match any player from any country in the world, and backs Barkley to develop into a special player for years to come. “Ross, since day one, showed he was ready and in a position to enjoy his football and it is not a secret he is a really talented man,” Martinez told talkSPORT.

Technically he is really gifted and you would probably see that technical ability in any player brought up in Brazil or Holland – he is that exquisite technically,” the Spaniard continued.

He is a young man who is fighting for his place and his personality and character means he is such a humble boy, all he wants to do is listen and play. Nothing will faze him on a pitch and if you have that with the talent he has it is an incredible combination,” the former Wigan boss added.

Barkley has helped Everton to sixth in the Premier League table ahead of the weekend’s Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Goodison. Everton trail the Reds by three points, with Brendan Rodgers’ side sitting second.

In total, Barkley has made 30 appearances for Everton, scoring twice – both goals coming this season, on the opening day in a 2-2 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road, and then at home to Newcastle in a September 3-2 win.

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