Everton manager Roberto Martinez has heaped the praise on Ross Barkley claiming he has the talent and the temperament to break into world football's elite, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Toffee's boss believes his star midfielder is unlike any other in the English game and has the potential to become a 'very special footballer'.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Martinez said: "He's a very different player to what we’re used to in the English game. It is always important to asses a player from the outside and see the qualities he can bring.

"Technically, he's as good as you're going to see. He's got incredible, incredible ability and ball control. He can run with the ball and dribble, and he’s got the physicality to go with it.” 

Barkley has taken extremely well to the demands of the Premier League and has impressed throughout this season, both for Everton, and in his three England caps. 

And his manager puts this down to a rather special combination of attributes the midfielder has. 

"You get the naughty boy with real skill, or the down-to-earth boy who wants to listen but who probably hasn't got that edge in his quality. Ross has got both. He's such an exciting talent," he said. 

As for the future, the Spaniard believes Barkley will become an exceptional talent. "What's clear is, with time, Ross is going to be as good as he wants and is going to reach that elite group in world football of being a very special footballer,” he added.

Everton will be hoping he can reach those kind of heights sooner rather than later. The club are now eight points behind Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the hunt for a top four finish, although they do have a game in hand. 

They face Swansea in the FA Cup this weekend as they chase their first piece of silverware since the 1995 cup triumph.

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