Everton coach banking on Barkley

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Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes that Ross Barkley has as much potential to star for the club as Jack Rodwell, but he needs to stick with the club to learn his trade first.

The 17-year-old has spent his entire career with the club, moving through the youth academy before signing a professional contract with the Toffees this year.

And Round has advised the youngster to stick with Everton for the future, and show that he has as much talent and commitment as 20-year-old starlet Rodwell.


"He's in the team, he's getting better every week and Ross has got to establish himself here first," Round told the Liverpool Echo.

"You've only got to look at some of the previous ones. Jack Rodwell was the cause of a lot of speculation but he's stuck it out and he's playing regular Premier League football now."

Barkley has played for the senior Everton side three times now, and the England Under 21 international is seen by many as a future talent for both club and country.

And with so much potential at such a young age, Round is keeping Barkley’s feet firmly on the ground, calling for the teenager to show how good he can be on the pitch before he is considered one of the best in the squad.

"People could forget he's only 17 and just starting out on his footballing journey,” he said.

"He's potentially a very good player but potential by definition means he's only capable of it - he hasn't done it yet.

"In the future I expect him to come through and be a top player for Everton - not for anybody else.

"Ross is quite a level headed lad and he's got some very good mentors within the dressing room here who will always advise correctly on doing the right thing every day and being the right professional.

"That makes our job much easier, obviously, and it's testament to the likes of Tim Cahill, Phil Neville,or Phil Jagielka."

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