Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has been singing the praises of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.
The 20-year-old has been in impressive form so far this season and was the star of the show on Monday as the Toffees got the better of Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at home.
Barkley opened the scoring in the 33rd minute of the Premier League clash at Goodison Park with a brilliant goal from 20 yards.
The England international’s overall game was also crucial to the victory, as he had three shots, 87% pass accuracy, created two chances, put in one cross, attempted four take-ons, and won 50% of the tackles.
Owen has now claimed that England manager Roy Hodgson should build his team around the youngster.
“Watching the goals from last night,” the 35-year-old wrote on Sportlobster.com. “Barkley’s strike was pure but his little step over followed by a forward pass is what separates him from most.
“Most players would be content to play it back and keep possession in that situation, but not him. He could be anything and Roy Hodgson must start building our National team around him.”
Watching the goals from last night. Barkley's strike was pure but his little step over followed by a forward pass ... http://t.co/01IZU63OBs— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 16, 2014
Barkley has played 10 times for England so far and was part of the squad that featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer.
A hugely talented player, the 20-year-old has the potential to become a ‘complete’ midfielder. Against QPR on Monday, Barkley actually played in a deeper midfield role and was very impressive.
Blessed with creativity, pace, strength and vision, Barkley could go on to establish himself as one of the best all-around midfielders in the Premier League.