Ross Barkley decided to show off a little bit of Paul Gascoigne last night as he danced through Newcastle’s defensive third to score the goal of the night in a 3-0 win for the Toffees at St James Park.
His boss Roberto Martinez has piled the praise onto him and even before that performance last night, suggested that he deserved to be playing for England at the World Cup this summer.
“What is important for us is to see Ross developing into an incredible footballer and the national team will have the opportunity to use his abilities,” said the Spaniard.
“He is ready to help if he is needed in the England set-up but we have real trust in the England manager to make the decisions he needs to make depending on what he needs in the squad.”
Those comments suggest that Martinez believes he’s ready to make the next step up in terms of professional football, which is exactly the reason David Moyes should be going all out to sign him for Manchester United this summer.
United have been consistently linked with the 20-yar-old throughout the current season but he’s been well protected from the headlines and attention by Martinez at Goodison Park.
Manchester United have problems in midfield. They have spent the best part of £70 million but Marouane Fellaini isn’t the creative answer and for some reason Moyes insists on playing Juan Mata out of position.
Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan and plenty of other top profile players have been mentioned as possible transfer targets but the answer can potentially be found at the Scot’s former club.
“Ross is enjoying every day's work and is developing into a fine footballer, potentially one of the best English talents we've seen for a long time but he is not the finished article,” added Martinez.
Should Moyes press for Barkley this summer, there are a few major obstacles in his way.
Firstly, Everton could finish above Manchester United in the Premier League which dents Moyes’ chances of stressing United is a better club for the youngster to develop at.
Secondly, if Barkley stays put, he’s well protected by a manager and at a club which could offer him European football next season.
Finally, there have been reports suggesting Everton are ready to reward him with a new contract. He’ll be an expensive player to go after and if United persist despite a new deal, the cost could go through the roof.