This season of the Premier League has brought many young talents to the forefront, Adnan Januzaj, Luke Shaw, Romelu Lukaku to name a few.
Another name which has been on everyone's lips is Everton youngster Ross Barkley. He looks to be one for the future, and has impressed massively with his brilliant performances.
Having joined Everton at age 11 and risen through the ranks, he was sent out on two loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and then Leeds United.
Barkley was recalled, and given a place in the starting eleven at Everton. The attacking midfielder is not intimidated by big-game pressure or by opposing defenders. He is ever-ready to charge at the opposition, and create scoring chances for his side.
Barkley sits in behind striker Romelu Lukaku and plays this number 10 role admirably well. He displayed his confidence and poise against Arsenal, where he was instrumental in Everton's attacking threat.
He is a key component of Roberto Martinez's passing patterns at Everton, and looks like a player much beyond his years. His work in advanced positions is almost always purposeful, and he rarely wastes a pass.
Barkley is physically impressive and shows a great level of maturity at the tender age of 20, leading a few critics to compare him to Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney.
The England international has been so impressive that he has already earned praise from Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, and has an outside chance of gatecrashing the 2014 World Cup squad set for Brazil.
Barkley has been a pleasure to watch this season, and one can only hope that his talent can be efficiently utilised to ensure he progresses in leaps and bounds. He will surely be a key to any success which Everton achieve this season.
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