Everton striker Romelu Lukaku believes Ross Barkley is the most talented player at the club and backed the midfielder to become a crucial player for England, the
Barkley played his first game of the season on Saturday as Everton dispatched Aston Villa 3-0 at Goodison Park, the 20-year-old recovering from an injury suffered days before the start of the season. In little more than an hour on the pitch Barkley tested Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan and created a goal for Lukaku, with the Belgium international waxing lyrical about his colleague.
“He is like a friend and brother to me off the pitch,” Lukaku said. “’I am very happy that he is back on it because he brings something that the whole team needs.
“He has that rawness, that skill, that power,” Lukaku continued. “He is a perfect partner for me to play up front with and I am very happy that he is back. There are loads of players who can help me, but he has something that none of us have. I can’t explain it.
“He is the best player in our team. He will be somebody that the England team will rely on. At the moment, they rely on Wayne Rooney, but I think that will be Ross in the future.”
Barkley made his Everton debut under David Moyes in the 2011-12 season and, after loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, has gone on to make more than 50 appearances for the Toffees. His England bow came in 2013 and Barkley travelled to the World Cup over the summer.
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