Everton forward Louis Saha believes youngster Ross Barkley will be a top class star for the Toffees over the next few seasons, with the 17-year-old coming through the side’s youth ranks and raring to get some first team action.
Everton have yet to make a purchase in the transfer window this summer, other than re-signing Eric Dier on loan in June. But Saha believes that his young teammate is a sign of a good future for the club, who are aiming to make a strong start when they begin their season next week, after the Tottenham game was postponed.
"I think he's got all the ability to be a great player for Everton and for England. Hopefully he will show that this season," Saha said.
"It's not too early for him because he's got all the attributes to surprise a few people.
“He's got power, strength, confidence, speed – he's said a few times to me that I'm slower than him. Hopefully he will show that to the Premier League this season.
"I'm enjoying training with him and hopefully I will enjoy playing with him, because I think he's got so many talents and he will definitely be a big star if he keeps working hard."
Some, including Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, have touted the Barkley as a possible future Wayne Rooney, and after enjoying a successful pre-season with Everton, David Moyes is believed to be ready to select Barkley for the first team next season.
The youngster has featured for the England Under 19’s squad, and appeared ready to start at Goodison Park last season, but the midfielder broke his leg while on international duty.
He will definitely be one to watch out for in the coming season.