Everton chief Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley has the potential to be a better player than Wayne Rooney.

The now Manchester United and England striker started his career with the Toffees, breaking into their first-team at just 16-years-of-age.

With Barkley also being a product of the club’s youth set-up, there have been natural comparisons with Rooney, with the pair similar in their physical and hard-working approach to the game.

The 20-year-old midfielder is believed to be in line to make England’s World Cup squad on the back of a fine campaign, and Martinez feels that his man has the potential to be a better player than ‘Wazza’:

“Ross is the best young England talent I have ever seen, for sure.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

When asked “Better than Rooney?”, Martinez than said: “For me, yes”

Barkley has thrived under Martinez, with the Spaniard having handed him a central attacking midfield role since taking over from David Moyes.

The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with the youngster as well, and could mount summer moves.

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