Recently appointed Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Ross Barkley has a bright future in English football, naming him as an outstanding talent.
Barkley had a terrific game on Saturday when the Toffees faced Norwich at Carrow Road. The 19-year-old scored a sensational long range strike and impressed with his calming presence on the field.
Despite the game finishing 2-2, Barkley was consistently involved in Everton's build up play, and announced himself as one to watch this season.
Martinez, who was appointed as Everton's new manager this summer following the exit of David Moyes to Manchester United, was extremely pleased with Barkley's contribution.
"What you saw on Saturday was no fluke, this is what he's doing every day on the training ground. I was very happy with his performance and he truly is special talent. He knows how he can make a difference, he's a really smart player and he has a bright future at the club," Martinez said.
Having spent the majority of last season out on loan, Barkley enjoyed a promising pre-season with Everton, and looks to have solidified himself as a first-team player since Martinez's appointment.
"The goal was really special, and it's a great moment for him. His playing style is very mature and he's a massive asset to our squad."
Martinez added that he was disappointed with not getting three points on Saturday and that Norwich were fortunate getting away with a draw.
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