For the past couple of years there has been lots of talk among Everton supporters and football fans in general, of an emerging talent coming from the streets of Wavertree, Liverpool.
His name is Ross Barkley. Having had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United last season, he has now made the full breakthrough to the first-team.
When asked to describe Ross Barkley ahead of this season, Roberto Martinez chose his words carefully describing him as ‘an incredible football diamond.'
After just one Premier League game, a sensational performance away to Everton, suddenly the whole country is aware of his current and potential talent.
Naturally both footed you would think Barkley is Spanish the way he glides past players with ease.
Another part of Barkley’s game which was impressive was the level of maturity that he showed.
He’s still got a lot to learn but with the help of his team-mates and his manager, he could be very special.
Barkley shone at Carrow Road with a dynamic display and a wonder goal. He attempted 53 passes with a pass completion percentage of 96.2% (51/53).
He also had a 100% tackle completion. Even though he’s right footed, his wonder strike with his left foot against Norwich was 25 yards out with a speed of 73.9 mph, unstoppable.
It’s no surprise that the likes of Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp have already compared him to the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
That is not all, another local talent John Lundstram is also looking very promising, after an impressive loan spell at Doncaster Rovers.
Lundstram has returned to Goodison Park and could well make the breakthrough this season as well. He is another name to watch out for.
The future is looking bright, not just for Everton, but for English football.
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