PICTURE: Everton star Barkley posts incredible pic of himself at 13-years-old on Twitter

Ross Barclay

Ross Barkley certainly 'towered' over the opposition as a kid.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has had something of a breakthrough season under Roberto Martinez this campaign - becoming an England international in the process.

His natural talent was always known at the club, and the nation, and for many this moment has been coming for too long - and is perhaps even overdue a couple of years.

That can probably be put down to an unfortunate collision with Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom while on international duty in 2010 - that left him with a broken leg in three places.

That was obviously a huge strain on his physical development - not that seems to be a problem for Ross.

He may be technically gifted, which usually allies itself to smaller, nippier players - but Barkley is a tall and muscular midfield maestro - which allies itself perfectly to the Premier League style of play.

But this was certainly not down to a late growth spurt.

The picture above is Barkley as a 13-year-old!

He has posted what looks like an old newspaper snap on his official Twitter account of him playing for his school team - against an unfortunate rival trying to do battle with him on the pitch.

I know what it is like to have a growth spurt early on - I went from short and round to tall and lean over the Easter Holidays.

But I certainly didn’t dwarf my peers to the extent Barkley did at the same age.

You just wonder how players must have felt when they turned up to play against him.

‘Oh no!’ Springs to mind…

image: © Jon Candy

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