Ross Barkley has been a heroic figure for Everton in recent years and now, aged 22, the England international will look to establish himself in the national set-up and become increasingly important to his club side.
However, Barkley was left out of the side that drew 1-1 with Manchester City at the weekend for the first time since Ronald Koeman took charge at Goodison Park and the Dutchman explained his reasons for the omission today, stating he’s ‘no longer a young talent’.
“He is already playing four years in the first team. You are not any more a talent, that means you need to show you have improved,”
“I still believe in his qualities, but if I am not totally happy or it is a tactical question, he does not start. His reaction was positive. He was very disappointed, which you need to be.”
Barkley has 117 appearances to his name for Everton but struggled for consistency and needs to be more influential in the final third, if he wants to find himself in the same breath as the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard by the end of his career.
The England ace is expected to return to the team this weekend against Burnley, where fans will be anticipating a solid performance from him against a side that is far weaker on paper.
Barkley has made seven Premier League appearances this season, scoring one goal.