Everton star can be Premier League’s best, says ex-Toffee

Ross Barkley has all of the tools to become one of the Premier League’s best midfielders, according to former Everton ace Alan Stubbs.

The Toffees starlet missed the start of the season through injury, but has shone in recent weeks, capping his comeback with a stunning solo goal against QPR on Monday night.

Barkley emerged as a top talent last season following Roberto Martinez’s arrival at Goodison Park, with the Spaniard’s faith in the now 21-year-old having been paid back with a host of notable displays.

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The youngster’s fine form also won him a spot in England’s World Cup set-up, which he was one of the only players to escape from with his reputation boosted after the disappointment in Brazil.

Now that he’s fit and firing, Stubbs believes that Barkley has everything laid out in front of him to be a great:

“He’s got everything to get to the top,” he told talkSPORT. “I think that’s the most important thing.

“He is a breath of fresh air. He’s a fantastic talent and one that I hope stays injury free so we see a real talent emerge on the stage.

“His goal last night was just incredible. His balance, his awareness and then his power to drive into space.

“The shot was with his weaker foot. I know it took a deflection but you can’t really talk about that when there were so many quality things he did to score the goal.”


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