Ex-England international gives damning verdict on Everton star’s situation

Ross Barkley has stagnated at Everton and should have left the Merseyside club two years ago, according to ex-England international Rodney Marsh.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder established himself as a key member of the starting XI at Goodison Park under Roberto Martinez and enjoyed a stunning 2013/14 season.

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The England international’s form dipped a little in 2014/15 and he once again struggled through last season, but he’s featured regularly thus far for fresh managerial appointment Ronald Koeman.

However, he was dramatically substituted at half-time during Everton’s 3-0 battering of Sunderland on Monday night, with the scoreline still at 0-0.

And commenting on Barkley’s situation, Marsh, who won nine caps as an England player, gave his verdict, claiming the exciting youngster has “lost his way”:

“Two years ago Ross Barkley was one of the brightest young stars around. No more…..should have left EFC then.

“Lost his way. Spends most of his time in the middle third. Needs to be at the sharp end to do damage…”

Barkley has been a regular in the England squad over the course of the past few years – he was taken to both the 2014 World Cup and EURO 2016 – but Sam Allardyce overlooked the playmaking midfielder for his first game in charge of the Three Lions against Slovakia earlier this month.