Ross Barkley must change to become a top player for Everton

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Over the past two years, Ross Barkley has entered the spotlight after making his way through Everton's academy and breaking into the starting eleven following many impressive performances at the centre of his side's midfield.

Described by his manager Roberto Martinez as the 'diamond of English football', Barkley has definitely got many strong attributes, including his ability to use both feet, his sharp bursts of acceleration to beat players, as well as his long range shooting and passing.

So, with all these aspects of his game, surely the youngster is already well on his way to becoming one of England's best ever midfielders?


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Not quite, and here's why:

His poor decision making

On countless occasions I'll be watching him with the ball on the counter attack with Kevin Mirallas on his left and Romelu Lukaku on his right completely unmarked, however because he has just managed to skip past a couple of players, he immediately panics and either attempts a ludicrous long range effort, or continues to try and beat every player in the opposite team which inevitably ends with him on the floor.

In order for the youngster to improve his game, he must learn to pick out the right pass at the right time.

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He needs a permanent position

Despite playing in behind the striker most frequently, his main position is often questioned as he was played in various positions last season, including the left wing, right wing and even in central defensive midfield in front of the back four.

With only two goals last season and only one assist in 66 matches, Barkley needs to find his best position and stay there.

Get Rid of Bad Habits

Lastly, Barkley has - from an Everton supporter's point of view - an incredibly frustrating habit of slowing the play down. In times when the ball needs to move as quickly as possible up to Lukaku, the youngster will receive the ball and stand with it whilst feinting left and right.

In some cases this is a useful trait to have - most of the time when he does it you can hear a universal scream from all Everton fans across the world shouting "PASS THE BALL!"

So, even though Barkley continues to show us what he is capable of - like his impressive finish against Arsenal last week - the Toffee still has a long way to go until he can be truly compared with Gazza and Co. 

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