David Moyes admits he is unsure whether sending Everton midfielder Ross Barkley out on loan again represents the best form of preparation for the promising youngster’s first-team career.
The Toffees boss recalled the England U-21 international from a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday in November to help ease the club’s injury crisis in midfield, but insists it is not easy blooding him in high-pressure Premier League games.
Barkley, 19, looks to be a likely inclusion in tonight’s FA Cup third round tie against Cheltenham Town, but Moyes has hinted he may still be loaned out again in January to aid his development.
In an interview with the Liverpool Daily Post, the Scot said, “We have to remember he is a young boy and we’re bringing him on.
“He missed a bit of football but I will continue to edge him nearer to our first team. When the right opportunities come and I think it’s the right time, I will do that.
“If I don’t get him enough of them I will put him back on loan. That’s my thoughts. Probably people can see where he is needing the games and where he is still needing more experience.
The boy is going to be a very good player but he is still young and still young maturity wise and we have to be wary of that.”
Barkley impressed during his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, scoring four goals in 13 appearances.