The start of this league season has seen a very enthusiastic start from Everton. Currently 6th in the Premier League with 9 points from a possible 18 and a very impressive win against Chelsea already, the optimism is back around Goodison Park. One of the biggest standout factors from the club’s start is the real ability of Ross Barkley. Barkley is now 21 and having made his breakthrough to the Everton first team at the early age of sixteen so much was expected of the Everton youngster at the time. Injuries have really been a problem for Barkley but at the early stages of this season he looks in the best shape we have seen so far throughout his early career.
Hailed as a future star for his country Barkley finally looks like he is ready to make his mark and really have a standout season which could lead him to being one of England’s main men for the upcoming Championship in France. He has already matched his goal scoring record in the Premier League for last season with two goals and three assists, but his overall play and decision making looks to really have improved. His goal against Southampton showed a young man who is confident and composed, he has an engine capable of lasting the full 90 minutes now as well which has also come into question. It looks now Roberto Martinez has almost now made him the vocal point of this team, looking to build his team around him, especially to accommodate him in that number 10 role where he really thrives. His running off the ball is what has impressed so far, making clever runs to open up the middle channels for Everton to go direct to Lukaku and create their openings this way, Barkley deserves so much credit and acclaim for how this season has started for him.
The hype around the young Englishman has always looked like it has had an effect on him, but now he looks ready to live up to that reputation and develop into a leading player in this country. Everton and their fans have every right to now be excited by the player that they had such high hopes for all this time. Keeping him injury free is important for Barkley and Everton and now England, so managing him is important for Roberto Martinez and in turn Roy Hodgson.
Don’t want to overhype him just yet, but watching him play now is a mass improvement over the last two years, if Barkley can keep his head right and keeps learning the game he could on his way to achieving recognition from the England nation team and possibly on his way to achieving a Young Player of the Year award.