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Patient Barkley looking forward for club and country

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Ross Barkley admits that he is aware of his supporting role at international level at the moment but says he is concentrating on improving as a player in order to become a regular starter for England.

The 21 year-old experienced a difficult second full season with Everton in the campaign just gone but his focus is now in his country as Roy Hodgson prepares for tomorrow's Euro2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

Barkley, who came on as a substitute in a dull friendly against Ireland last week in Dublin, is likely to be on the bench again but he is prepared to bide his time.

I'm getting a lot of chances off the bench," he told TheFA.com. "Roy's given me the opportunity to come on and try to make the difference.

I know my role at the moment, I've got to keep improving and learning, keep kicking on for Everton and as I'm improving hopefully I'll get in the starting 11.

At club level I don't think I did as well as I wanted to do this season, but still I have learnt a lot and felt like I've improved as well.

When I come away with England, listening to the more experienced lads like Joe Hart is great. He's a good example and is always giving me advice about international football — he's a really good influence on us younger lads."

Barkley is looking forwards in more ways than one and he explained that he has been watching tapes of some of the Premier League players he most admires to see how they create the conditions around them in order to attack opposition teams.

I've...been watching clips on Yaya Toure and Mesut Ozil," he continued. "Ozil is so calm in possession and picks the right passes, which is something I've got to get a bit better at. I just observe, just watch clips on YouTube and the spaces he moves into.

With Yaya Toure, the breaks forward he does and the counter-attacks. When he gets the ball his distribution is really good too.

If you play backwards all the time you become predictable for the players you are playing against, so sometimes I like to be unpredictable.

When I'm receiving the ball I try to make opponents think I'm going to play backwards, they'll then give me a few yards and I'll get my turn on and then hopefully do what I know I can do."  


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 13/06/2015 at 16:10:55
Honest words from Barkley, canÂ’t argue with that and for once an interview that seems to make sense and reason.

IÂ’m pleased he acknowledged the fact that he didnÂ’t have a good season with us and I just hope he gets himself back to where he was 12 months ago. It would be a crying shame if we were here in another four or five years talking about another unfulfilled talent in the same way as too many others that began so promising.

Aidy Dews
2 Posted 13/06/2015 at 16:44:40
Taking advice from a GK, studying the games of two very lazy players who only turn it on when they fancy it....

Nar, heÂ’s willing to listen and learn but itÂ’ll mean nothing if he doesnÂ’t show heÂ’s taking it all on board!

Barkley needs to show more on the pitch, especially when in possession. HeÂ’s played within himself this season and hopefully he gets a good break this summer, comes back fresh and looks to kick on. If he can pick up little traits that heÂ’s seen in both Ozil & Yaya Toure then great, cos we donÂ’t want to see him play safe and backwards all the time, we want to see him turn and influence things in the final third.

But itÂ’s all a learning process for him and hopefully in time he gets even better and shows his true worth. I do think heÂ’ll start playing deeper eventually and be a midfielder that breaks from deep and makes an impact as heÂ’s a better player when he faces the opposition goal and as space to move into, as opposed to being in the pocket behind the striker with his back to goal.

Thomas Surgenor
3 Posted 13/06/2015 at 18:51:48
Craig - If you are correct that players of his age need time, then he shouldnÂ’t be leading the line at an Â’ambitiousÂ’ Premier League club as itÂ’s obviously asking too much of him, but he canÂ’t play in a two up front either so where does that leave Everton FC?

Which after all is the most important thing for most Evertonians, we only want him to at least look as if heÂ’s bothered, rather than the sulky demeanour he often exudes.

Phil Walling
4 Posted 13/06/2015 at 19:08:42
Sensible comments from a guy we all want to come into his own next season. I just hope when Ross has a couple of games of a level we know he is capable, his manager wont come out with more shite about him being EnglandÂ’s greatest!
Richard Pike
5 Posted 13/06/2015 at 19:23:44
These sound like the words of a young man who is commendably self-aware, hasnÂ’t bought into any hype peddled about him and doesnÂ’t believe himself to be the best thing since sliced bread, knows he must improve and has taken it upon himself to do so. All very encouraging.

He seemed to some extent to have become a lightning rod for criticism of the team as a whole this season, which I felt was somewhat unfair. I hope his slate gets wiped clean with the fans and we donÂ’t immediately get on his back the next time he makes a mistake, because with positive support heÂ’ll develop much better. And thatÂ’s what we all want, is it not?

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 13/06/2015 at 19:40:52
I still maintain that the pre-season injury plus the bollicking he got from Roy, playing for England, seriously hampered his season. Add to that the bs Roberto constantly came out with when referring to Ross just added to the pressure IMO.
Danny Broderick
7 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:00:55
Come off it, Colin. So itÂ’s everyoneÂ’s fault he had a shite season except himself?
Jamie Barlow
8 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:38:03
On another thread, we have posters saying how lazy Lukaku is. This lad winds me up like no other Everton player. He makes Lukaku look like Naismith.

Put a bit more effort in and heÂ’d be a top player.

Jim @1, you donÂ’t seem to be as hard on Barkley as you do Lukaku.

Doug Harris
10 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:44:02
Ross had a shit season but so did everybody else right down from the management to the core of the Club.
Guy Hastings
11 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:53:35
Listening to Joe Hart – at least his hair will look good come the start of the new season.
Richard Lyons
12 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:47:07
"I try to make opponents think IÂ’m going to play backwards".

IÂ’m not sure they ever did think he was going backwards (and they certainly wonÂ’t now)... It has always seemed to me as though opponents are determined never to give him any space at all, and thatÂ’s something he canÂ’t cope with yet. I hope he learns quick, because if he does, heÂ’ll be a real gem.

Brian Keenan
13 Posted 13/06/2015 at 21:01:48
I hope so too.

I think he would be a nice Water Boy or maybe a Spector cheering him on.

Jim Bennings
14 Posted 13/06/2015 at 21:41:31
Jamie

I will openly admit that Barkley was shite last season and if youÂ’d read most of the post match threads last term you will have seen how much I was disappointed and frankly disillusioned with Ross Barkley.

I donÂ’t know where this lad will end up in his career, whether he will get better or go down the "what if" road that Jack Rodwell strolled down with his eyes shut.

The only thing I respect him for is heÂ’s not banging the drum for himself to play in the Champions League or bigging himself up too much yet, the day he starts doing that whilst performing like a piss-artist will be the day I lose that respect.

Danny Broderick
15 Posted 13/06/2015 at 21:42:48
Ross needs to wake up and realise that he has already been given a lot of opportunities to shine for both club and country. He will not be considered a kid for much longer. The manager has come out and said that he is lining up a number 10 this summer. This should set alarm bells ringing with him, because itÂ’s his shirt that is up for grabs.

If he really wants to make it, he should be getting fit all summer, not just watching You Tube. He should come back busting a gut to make himself an automatic choice next year.

Does he have it in him to go that extra mile physically so that he can be unplayable? My own belief is no. We have another Rodwell on our hands here. All the ability, but lacking the drive required to make it at the top level. I hope I am wrong.

Andy Meighan
16 Posted 13/06/2015 at 22:55:30
I love Ross and I love his honesty. But honestly, he was shit this season and heÂ’d be the first to admit he was awful.

But the thing is, heÂ’s got everything in his psyche to be the complete footballer: right height, right turn of pace, two fantastic feet, and the best turn of pace IÂ’ve ever seen.

Unfortunately, this manager has drilled him to be robotic.

Alex Parr
17 Posted 14/06/2015 at 00:58:26
Ross played really well in the QPR game in centre-mid alongside Mo so I kind of see what he means. Part of me now thinks he is wasted further forward. That game he had space to turn and power at the defence and basically terrorised their midfield as I remember it, stretched them so much with his pace and power they couldnt cope. Scored a cracker. Yes they are crap but he turned it on that game and I was excited about seeing him and Mo together again... never mind.

With a strong, mobile, defensive minded centre mid alongside him - it could work on the basis of that game... I want to see him succeed with us but reckon under Martinez this is unlikely to happen, as despite the pairs great performance that game we didnt see Ross and Mo anywhere near as often as Barry and McCarthy (or Barry and anyone as he is seemingly guaranteed first choice bar death).

Dominic Tonge
18 Posted 14/06/2015 at 01:29:45
Ok, firstly..... Taking career advice off Captain dandruff is a bad idea.

Secondly, get off YouTube and start practicing, might work. Also maybe pick two players who havenÂ’t done the square root of jack shit over the season just gone to study. I really want it to work for Ross, and for him to stay here, one club man, decorated with honours... you get the drift.

Tahir Abdullah
19 Posted 14/06/2015 at 07:26:42
"When IÂ’m receiving the ball I try to make opponents think IÂ’m going to play backwards, theyÂ’ll then give me a few yards and IÂ’ll get my turn on and then hopefully do what I know I can do." #Clueless....
Steven Jones
20 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:24:32
There are some fans on here that need to understand their role in supporting the club not degrading it.

Barkley is an international and one of our own developing and learning - great sensible article. Potentially one of the best players we have ever had.

Those that use this forum for painful expression of their own failure in life is painful to watch.
Ask yourselves if Brain Labone would not post this - Why am I?

Colin Glassar
21 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:36:30
Ouch Steven. Love it.
Graham Mockford
22 Posted 14/06/2015 at 10:48:53
Steven,

How high is that horse you are on?

Fans Â’need to understand their role in supporting the clubÂ’. And you are the man to tell us I see.

I think the common consensus is we were all excited by Ross in his first full season but quite frankly his progress stalled last year and in fact Martinez stuck with him longer than might be considered reasonable because on occasions he stank the place out.

IÂ’m not sure what Brian LaboneÂ’s take on things would be and unless you have the gift IÂ’m pretty sure you havenÂ’t a scooby either so do us all a favour.

Have an opinion and allow others the same.

Steven Jones
23 Posted 14/06/2015 at 12:28:38
Positive, constructive opinion is great ... even some negative insightful thinking with an alternative perspective is valuable and even enjoyable as it challenges the mind.

Negative, jumping on band wagon with boring cliché ridden diatribe is not valuable nor enlightening.

Getting behind our young players with potential – being supportive of every individual at the club is also a great thing to see and feel from our fans. That can only inspire mangers, coaches, players and other EFC fans.

The specific point you raise with RM keeping on playing Ross is interesting. I think he was getting more minutes on the pitch, going through the learning curve, only in the heat of the battle can you get that. Also it takes time to feel comfortable, get used to systems, how opposition close him now and so forth. RB lost a lot of time twice and with a double leg break not so long ago, so needs catch up time on the pitch.

The fact that RM is thinking longer term will benefit the club. It is a fact we do not have the money to compete to buy the best so we have to nurture our own. It is also an asset that THE OIL clubs donÂ’t have - and by that I mean they do not have room to blood in the Premier League - eg ,none of the top 5-6 would have had room to allow Stones to flourish.

So do enjoy and be insightful of the young talent we have growing in our club. Negative for negative sake is boring and unsupportive of our club.

Graham Mockford
24 Posted 14/06/2015 at 12:51:52
To be honest Steven I donÂ’t think people come on here with the sole purpose of enlightening you or adding value to your existence. ItÂ’s an Internet forum where people come to exchange opinions and sometimes let off steam. And you will not agree with all those opinions and some will piss you off, but that is the beauty you see.
If we are all constrained by your view of what is an acceptable point of view it would be a pretty dull old world.

Personally on the subject of Ross, I think you are being overly generous. He broke his leg nearly five years ago so if he hasnÂ’t caught up yet he never will. I really hope he trains on this year and fulfills the glimpses of potential we have seen at times.

My gut reaction is he wonÂ’t, IÂ’ve watched him at length last season and I am concerned he is a one dimensional player who despite tremendous physical attributes doesnÂ’t seem to have that awareness that marks out top players. We used to call it a footballing brain. IÂ’d be happy to be proved wrong but I think we will have wished we took the 㿔-50m that looked on offer twelve months ago.

Colin Glassar
25 Posted 14/06/2015 at 14:46:17
Rooney has been gushing today about Ross and his talent and some of the incredible stuff heÂ’s capable of doing. He joins a long list of people in the game e.g. Waddle, Hoddle, Scholes, Neville bros. Merson, even captain creasehead etc....who say heÂ’s one of the most complete players of his generation. Yes, he had a crap season (who didnÂ’t?) but donÂ’t kill the lad. Give him another chance. After a few weeks rest and some serious self analysis letÂ’s hope we get the Barkley of the 2013-14 season back.
Graham Mockford
26 Posted 14/06/2015 at 15:08:55
Colin,

Agreed IÂ’d love him to come good and we are going to find out because Martinez will not be selling and will give him more chances.

We need more than the Barkley of 2013-14 though. Although he was better (and that would not be tough in comparison to last season) he was still inconsistent and only played in flashes. You can argue what would you expect from a player in his first full season and I would agree.

But this is now his third full season coming up, he needs to make his mark and fulfill his potential. As IÂ’ve said IÂ’m doubtful but happy to be proved wrong.

Colin Glassar
27 Posted 14/06/2015 at 15:24:41
Absolutely agree Graham. ItÂ’s make or break season not only for our players but for the manager as well. No excuses from anyone this coming season.
Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 14/06/2015 at 15:27:42
Tabir I know it sounded like a kid describing how to play a computer game, but why clueless?
Terry McLavey
29 Posted 14/06/2015 at 17:25:10
Surely he should concentrate on being a regular starter for us ? On last seasons showing heÂ’ll need to buck up !
How many placed goals did he miss by blasting it into row Z.
Anyone can have a bad season letÂ’s hope that was it.
Ant Dwyer
30 Posted 15/06/2015 at 00:01:09
Honest words from Ross, you have to take your hat off to him for that. At least he can see he needs to do more.

As for watching Ozil and Yaya, I think thatÂ’s a good idea. Ozil always releases the ball quickly to speed the tempo of the team up, and Yaya loves to break from the centre of the park with pace and power. Both of the above players can show Ross the way forward, but also he could look at the work rate of much more average players like Naisy etc to see whatÂ’s required to be an Everton player.

For me, Ross should look to come back half a stone lighter and hungrier than ever to become a mainstay in both sides (Everton and England). Another set of players he could YouTube would be David Silva, Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and horrid arse Suarez. All them players are attacking and could show Ross a few tricks he could take into his own game, but mostly they can show you the work rate that is required to fulfil your true talents.

Come on Ross, make us blue boys proud lad. Best of luck, mate.

Victor Yu
31 Posted 15/06/2015 at 03:42:03
He is just 21. Give him time. Not too many players can dominate at a young age.
Mark Andersson
32 Posted 15/06/2015 at 07:32:00
Some great insightful posts. I think you all have valid points.

I have to agree with the "wipe the slate clean" theory. Martinez and his bunch of potential match winning players have it all to play for.

A good start to the season, with attractive football and positive results will keep the Goodison faithful happy short term. On the other hand, start off badly and there will be ructions to get rid of our manager.

Ross needs to become a man this season, he still hides behind that boy tag.

IÂ’m looking forward to all that is blue, because itÂ’s never dull.

David Ellis
33 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:18:43
I don’t think he has the speed of thought or instinct necessary to play as a No 10. He should watch videos of Bryan Robson in the 80s – a regular midfielder who could break from deep or arrive late in the box. He has the athleticism to do this and a few Gazza tricks thrown in.
Sam Hoare
34 Posted 15/06/2015 at 09:29:56
At times last season, he struggled just to look mediocre. Hopefully that was a blip but the juryÂ’s out.
Derek Thomas
35 Posted 15/06/2015 at 10:14:14
Steven (#20); I donÂ’t know about Labone, but there are plenty of comparable players who would be all over young master Ross for last season's performances and some would be constructive as well.
Roger Helm
36 Posted 15/06/2015 at 11:24:16
ItÂ’s frustrating to see such a talented player underperforming. Perhaps he needs to practice more. Players at the top, like Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, and indeed others in all sports, succeed because they spend more time than their peers training and practicing. Talent alone is not enough!
Andrew Ellams
37 Posted 15/06/2015 at 12:40:51
After reading more negative press about Jack Grealish today, maybe we should be grateful we have a young guy who seems more interested improving as a footballer and by no means thinks he has made it yet.
Jim Knightley
38 Posted 15/06/2015 at 12:58:05
Ross was piss poor last season. I never brought into the exaggerated representations of his ability... but, that said, he has put in some phenomenal performances (against Arsenal, for instance) which suggest he can become a top player . Yet, I do not see it at the moment.

I think he is simply too slow in his thinking, and too poor in his passing. He makes very few chances, primarily because he takes an age to make a decision, and he slows our passing up as a consequence. I think this is MartinezÂ’s fault in part, whilst BarkleyÂ’s decline in confidence has certainty contributed to his uncertainty. He even stopped running at people later in the season, negating the one part of his game which is exciting and impressive.

I think Barkley could improve, but IÂ’m not sure how he will as I do not see an obvious place for him in the team. He is not a CM, because he is too dangerous with the ball and his passing is too rusty. He will put us in trouble far too often, and using one game against a terrible QPR as a barometer of his ability from that position ignores the evidence from other matches and performances.

He is not a wide player either, and I think MartinezÂ’s readiness to play him wide at points directly contributed to his regression. The only position is behind the striker. I think he could do with dropping back slightly from this position, so that he can back up the midfield and drive from deep with men behind him.

The problem though is BarkleyÂ’s lack of creativity. The team is devoid of creativity, and the signings of Cleverley and Deulofeu will not help with that part of the game. If he plays in the AMC position then, we have to put a playmaker in one of the wide positions. I think that the left hand side makes the most sense, even though it would reduce us to one winger (which should be Mirallas, as he is the most dangerous).

I think a creative left-sided midfielder who can also play centrally makes the most sense. A Pienaar esq player who can control the tempo and feed the pace we have in the team. (We desperately need that, because no one is playing through balls at the moment. The nearest we got last season was Gibson.) I think a playmaker who cuts inside occasionally will also give Baines freedom to get down the wing, and more consistently have one of our best ball players up the pitch. The advantage of the two holding mids is that it allows our brilliant full backs to get forward, and we need to take advantage of that aspect of our game.

As far as I see it then, BarkleyÂ’s potential risk on locating a playmaker who can play out wide. Barkley is not a playmaker, and Martinez needs to address that major failing. We also need to increase the tempo again, so that Barkley, Lukaku, Mirallas and hopefully Deulofeu can get running at, and in behind, players.

IÂ’d like us to line up with McCarthy next to Cleverley next season, with Cleverley given a little license to get forward. IÂ’d like to see Mirallas on one wing, and a creative player on the other, with Barkley moving behind the centre of midfield and Lukaku. I think at times we should change that, and putting the creative player we are going to buy behind the striker, and put two wingers either side of Lukaku.

I also think that, against teams who park the bus, putting Osman in alongside McCarthy would not be a bad idea, as he is the nearest we have to a playmaker (in view of PienaarÂ’s decline), and we looked best when we had better passers in the team. Last season it was just far too easy to defend against us, because we did not have the ability to open teams up and ended up playing sideways passes.

But, I do not think there is anything to criticise about Barkley from these comments. The best players demonstrate a constant desire to improve, and to self-consciously address their weaknesses. He understands the problems with his passing, and he can learn from Ozil in particular, who is a wonderful creative player who controls the game from various parts of the pitch. Personally though, I do not think he can handle creative responsibilities, and his future success relies on Martinez finding someone who can.

Tom Bowers
39 Posted 15/06/2015 at 13:40:58
Ross Barkley will be an enigmatic player even if he leaves Everton. One can see it in his demeanour, similar to some other young players who burst on the scene in recent years. The lad has the skill but wants to Â’Â’look goodÂ’Â’ on the ball every time he gets it and this clouds his decision making.

The world cup came too soon for him and like some others I think he was not worthy of a place in the squad. These young players have shown very little progress during this last season and one wonders if their egos and agents have affected them. Maybe the next season will see a big turnaround in his maturity so that Everton may feel the benefit but Martinez needs to play his part too.

Mark Andersson
40 Posted 15/06/2015 at 23:17:33
Jim Knightley: A very interesting read. If only Martinez read TW he might learn a thing or two.

Simply put, the youngsters today get far too much, far too early and even get praised far to easily. Others have posted about hard work and I agree.

Exciting times ahead, with the new phenomenal players RM has brought in..... mmmmmm????


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