Everton might be playing under a new manager after a decade of consistency in the Premier League.
Their new man in charge might have come from a relegated side. Their best two players are linked with Premier League champions, where their previous manager and backroom staff are settling in.
But all things doesn't look gloomy for new manager Roberto Martinez. It might be difficult for Martinez to persuade Marouane Fellaini to stay at Goodison Park if a big money offer comes from Manchester United via David Moyes.
But that's not the end of the world for the Toffees as a 19-year-old announced that he is ready to take over the reins at Goodison Park.
Ross Barkley was sensational to say the least on the opening day of 2013-14 season. The midfielder ran the show for the Toffees in a hard fought 2-2 draw against the Canaries.
His sensational volley which brought parity, reminded us of a similar strike from 16-year-old Wayne Rooney a decade ago. Soon arises the question, is Barkley the next big thing to come from Goodison Park?
Similarly, hopes were high on Jack Rodwell too, and he was taken by Manchester City in a big money move after showing early promise. As of now Rodwell finds his career stagnated at the Etihad stadium. Which way will the new sensation Barkley go? What does he possess under his sleeves?
The boyhood Toffees fans has came through the Everton academy ranks and is rated very highly by the pundits and staff alike.
He has made 19 appearances for Everton already and has enjoyed two successful loan spells for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United in his short career so far. He had made his Everton entry in 2010 and has slowly builded on his start since then.
He gave a lively and spirited display against the Canaries on Saturday, showing his maturity beyond years.
Barkley's magic was on display at the Carrow Road as the Toffies stepped into a new era with an away point. The man who stood out most was none other than the 19-year-old sensation in a group which involved Manchester United targets Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Martinez has rightly acknowledged his talent and has stressed on the importance to develop his game further. If Martinez can fine tune the talented midfielder, then the Toffees will be up for a treat from their latest sensation.
Martinez is ready to tolerate mistakes if Barkley builds on his potential and rich talent. The manager knows that once the youngster runs out of mistakes, it will be very difficult stop him from weaving the magic at full length!
Even though he had an injury setback earlier in his career, his talent and potential can get the better of it.
Barkely is set to achieve further glory if his performances are an indicator. How far can he go? Will he be able to build on from a strong start this season?
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