Everton playmaker Ross Barkley is so good that it’s almost impossible to keep him out of the spotlight.
He’s finding his feet again after another lengthy injury at the start of the season and he reminded us all of his class with a superb performance, capped by a goal, on Monday evening.
Having seemingly been around for so long – we first saw the lad turn out for Everton as a teenager – you might expect Barkley to be delivering consistently great performances already – this should be his time.
But there is no doubt that injuries have seriously limited his development. Barkley made his debut a year later than he was supposed to after a triple leg break just before his originally planned maiden adventure. in The Premier League in 2010.
In that context it’s understandable that Everton striker Steven Naismith thinks that the lad still needs time:
“Young players are going to be hot and cold for many years. It’s not until they hit their mid-20s they will be very consistent. Ross has suffered from a bit of that. He’s got all the talent in the world but he’s got a lot to learn and you just have to give him time to learn.
Barkley has made 11 appearances for Everton in all competitions this season, scoring one goal. But now he has his fitness we are expecting huge things from him in the second half of the campaign.
Let’s see some Barkley magic. Everton fans: will Barkley be your player of the season come May?