Everton manager Roberto Martinez was left purring over four aspects of Ross Barkley’s ability after the England international helped his side see off QPR 3-1 last night.
Barkley bagged himself a goal and generally looked a real handful throughout the game, with Martinez effectively describing him as the complete middle man by focusing on four areas of his game.
“The big enjoyment working with Ross is how quickly he takes concepts on and how quickly he experiments with different starting positions,” Martinez told Sky Sports.
“As you know the power and pace that he has, combined with that technical ability and ball control, makes him special.”
Barkley’s ability to learn and adapt quickly makes him very difficult for opposition sides to deal with when they face Everton.
One of the main challenges for any problem is how they reinvent themselves, once sides find ways of keeping them quiet during big games.
His pace and power comes from gym work while he’s always been gifted in terms of his technique.
“Sometimes you get a really talented footballer who is skilful on the ball or a powerful and strong player that can show that physicality on the pitch.”
His physique means he can cope with the pace and physical element of Premier League football.
He can withstand challenges and stay in possession, which allows him to stay effective and use his technique to pass and attack well when he keeps the ball.
It’s no wonder that so many good clubs have been linked with signing him and no wonder Everton quite rightly value him at a reported £50 million price mark, because put simply, he’s got it all.