Highly-touted English prospect Ross Barkley has proclaimed current Everton managerial incumbent Roberto Martinez to be similar to his predecessor David Moyes, now at Manchester United, apart from one notable difference - Martinez places more emphasis on the tactical side of the game.
Everton have attracted great praise throughout the season, particularly from a variety of first-team personnel at Arsenal who were frustrated at how difficult the Toffees were to compete against earlier in the campaign as Martinez sets his side up in a positive manner - the results are telling, as they triumphed at Old Trafford for instance, while Moyes during his tenure at Everton struggled repeatedly against members of the top four elite.
Constrast that to how Moyes is faring at United, who play in a disjointed manner, lack shape and struggle for a playing identity and it appears Barkley may have wittingly or unwittingly, highlighted one of the causal factors in Everton's over-performing and United's underwhelming.
"Martinez is similar to David Moyes as they both like to take over the training session and be the main man," expressed Barkley to the Match of the Day magazine, before noting" "Martinez is more tactical. We do a lot more tactical work which is good for me because I’m young and still learning.
"Roberto Martinez has come in and given everyone confidence. He’s a positive man and doesn’t say anything negative. I’m an Evertonian so I want the club to be up at the top end of the table and it’s great to be a part of it."