Leighton Baines shares his opinion on Ross Barkley struggles

Leighton Baines

The Everton defender has given opinion on the young star struggling this season.

Everton defender Leighton Baines has given his opinion on his teammate Ross Barkley and why he is struggling this year to ITV Sport.

The young attacking midfielder enjoyed his breakout season under manager Roberto Martinez last year, scoring several wonder goals and impressing throughout.

Such were the quality of his performances in the campaign he found himself in Roy Hodgson’s England team for the World Cup in Brazil and featured in every game for the national side during their ultimately disappointing three-game tournament.

This season, though, Barkley has struggled after coming back from an injury sustained on the eve of the new season, with him often being played in an unfamiliar left-wing position. Now his teammate Baines has given his opinion on the situation.

“I think Ross has had a lot of pressure put on him from a really early age,” Baines said before Everton’s game against Dynamo Kiev.

“It’s hard for a young lad to feel free and be able to express yourself on the pitch sometimes.”

The England defender has said that the responsibility may fall on the rest of the team, though, saying that their indifferent season has likely had a negative impact on the young star.

Everton have found themselves involved in a relegation battle this season after impressing last year, although they have been successful in the Europa League. Baines, though, insists in a team playing well, Barkley is a top player.

“We’ve probably not helped him because as a team our form has not been great,” added Baines.

“In a team that’s playing well, Ross Barkley with his attributes is a top, top player.”

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