Jamie Carragher believes that we saw a glimpse of Ross Barkley's future in Everton's match against Queens Park Rangers last night.
Barkley was handed a starting place in a deeper midfield position against QPR and he excelled playing in his new role.
The youngster scored the Toffees first goal of the match, in their 3-1 success, and was at the heart of everything they did well.
It was an impressive showing from the 21-year-old and Carragher believes that the deeper midfield function will be one that Barkley finds is his natural position in the future.
“He has great range of passing, which is what you want if you want to be a top central midfielder and before he scored the goal we thought he’d been the best player on the pitch," Carragher said to Sky Sports.
“Playing in that deeper role he’d had more touches than anyone else on the pitch. In this new role he’s got to be a little more disciplined, not just off the ball but on the ball as well."
“His passing has been good but this is what Barkley is about – running forward, Paul Gascoigne-esque. He’s played in that No 10 role and on the left, but eventually that’s where we’ll see Ross Barkley.”
To play Barkley in such a crucial role was a brave decision from Roberto Martinez, especially as the England international has not been at his best this campaign.
Barkley has generally been stationed as an attacking midfielder so far this season, but he hasn't been as impactful as he would have hoped to be, after missing all of pre-season with injury.
His performance last night should give him confidence to push on, though, and he will be determined to get back to his best as soon as possible to help his side up the table.
Everton have made a slow start to the season, but their win last night puts them into 10th position.