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Have Everton found another Wayne Rooney?

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Everton and England Under-21 midfielder Ross Barkley is living up to expectations as a young talent at Everton, with the 19-year-old finding the back of the net against Norwich in Everton's opening day fixture.

The Merseyside-born midfielder lit up Carrow Road with his left-foot thunder bolt, which levelled the match at 1-1 after Steven Whittaker netted Norwich's first.

Barkley has put in astounding performances for Everton, previously under David Moyes, when given the opportunity. Barkley has made most of his Everton appearances as a substitute, but Martinez gave the youngster a start in Saturday's fixture.

These performances could give the 19-year-old comparisons with former Everton player Wayne Rooney, who left the Merseyside club as a 19-year-old for Manchester United.

Barkley has all the attributes that Rooney had as a youngster, with astonishing tactical ability and a ferocious shot in the youngster's locker. Many qualities Barkley possess are similar to what Rooney had as a teenager.

The pair are homegrown from Merseyside and have been apart of Everton's youth academy as a young boy. David Moyes also gave Rooney and Barkley there debuts.

If Barkley were to put in weekly performances similar to the opening game against the Canaries, it wouldn't be a surprise until the youngster excels into a new fresh talent and attracts interest from top Premier League clubs.

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