Ross Barkley has started to deliver on his promise this year. Hotly tipped from a young age, injury and lack of opportunities seem to have stalled his career. With a new manager installed at Goodison Park though he has gone from strength to strength.
Barkley's talents are evident to any football fan and perhaps most importantly to any football manager, scout or rich chairman. Comfortable on the ball with an eye for a killer pass and the ability to take his chances, Barkley has the talent to reach the highest echelons of the game.
There are a couple of big ifs to this statement though. Barkley's got to want it. He's got to stay injury free and he's got to get game time. This season for Everton Barkley is getting game time. So far he's started 13 games and coming on as a sub in two.
Since he is performing well he's also getting plenty of buzz and speculation about his future. Numerous articles have linked the young Evertonian with moves to link back up with Manchester United boss David Moyes.
You can be even more certain that other clubs have scouted Barkley. When money is no limiting factor clubs like Mancheste City, PSG, Chelsea or Monaco can just buy players for the sake of doing so.
Especially so for Premier League clubs when the player is younger than 21 and so will count both as a home grown player and not towards the 25-man season limit.
This is the reason why its so important for Barkley to stay at Everton this January. Should he move in the transfer window it's most likely that he will suffer the same fate of Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair or any number of young talented English footballers.
Instead of playing week in week out in one of the best finishing schools in the world he will likely find himself turning out for the under 21s with the odd run out in a cup game.
Barkley will then stagnate and if he's lucky find himself turning out for a promotion hunting Championship side four years down the line.
Please, Ross stay at Everton.
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