Everton's talented young midfielder Ross Barkley has been a revelation this season, filling the considerable shoes of Marouane Fellaini with success.
A phenomenal work-rate helped England's emerging talent take the bull by the horns at the Emirates last weekend, helping Everton earn a credible 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Barkley's rise to Premier League prominence this year has been largely down to the trust shown in him by Roberto Martinez, who had no hesitation putting the starlet in his starting XI.
Fine form has been Barkley is being compared to great midfielders like Michael Ballack and Paul Gascoigne, by both his manager and Gary Lineker.
When Martinez was asked to comment on the comparisons being made, he was quoted as saying: "When I see Ross, I see bits of Ballack and bits of Gazza. It’s for us to make those comparisons, but I can guarantee you Ross Barkley is quite unique.
"He has incredible balance with both feet, really strong, really powerful."
Barkley could be the answer to Roy Hodgson's midfield woes at international level too. The Three Lions have never filled the hole that was left by the legendary ginger genius Paul Scholes, who retired from international football in 2004.
Nine years later, the young Evertonian could mature into the midfielder who could be the answer to Roy Hodgson's dilemma in the center of the park.
The 20-year-old was rightly lauded for his role in setting up the equaliser against Arsenal on Sunday, passing the ball wide to Bryan Oviedo for the crucial cross which gave Gerard Deulofeu the chance to put the ball in the back of the net.
With his present form and with age by his side, Barkley will be scouted by Europe's elite clubs.
Barkley's stature would grow immensely if he could get goals under his belt. For now Everton is his best fit, where he can mature and grow.
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