Barkley can handle extra attention, says Jagielka

Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes that midfielder Ross Barkley can handle the added attention of opposition players, who have heavily marked him since his return from injury, reports the Daily Star.

The 20-year-old made his comeback from a knee ligament problem during the 3-0 success over Aston Villa on October 18, proving influential as his side ran out comfortable winners. However, he made less of an impact at home to Swansea City on Saturday, with the visitors sometimes having three men marking him throughout the goalless draw.

As a result, Barkley was a peripheral figure, but Jagielka thinks that he can learn from the game and begin to cope with similar tactics in the future. “That is what happens to the best players. They watch the videos of him and they do target him to make sure if they keep him quiet in a game it can affect his team,’ said the former Sheffield United player.

“He is going to have to deal with it and I can’t see it getting much easier for him as he goes on in his career but he’s more than capable than dealing with it. Nothing gets him down. If you look at this game, I wouldn’t say it was his best game but he kept on going, kept on going, kept on going. A lot of people in that situation can hide and not want the ball but I’d never expect Ross to be one of those players.”

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