Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been singing the praises of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in The Independent.
Barkley is considered as one of the best young players in the Premier League and has been in the England senior set-up since 2013.
Former United midfielder Scholes has been impressed with what he has seen of the Everton youngster so far and has lavished praise on him.
“Barkley reminds me of a footballer I played alongside against Italy in La Tournoi in Nantes, 18 years ago,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Independent. “That was Paul Gascoigne, a substitute that day and, at his peak, a brilliant creative player.
“I think there is a bit of Rooney in Barkley, too. Barkley has the energy and enthusiasm of Delph and Henderson but he has that creativity too, and that kind of ability will be what wins England games against the better football nations.”
Barkley is a ‘complete’ midfielder and has shown over the past two or so years what he is capable of, and comparisons to Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney do have substance.
The youngster’s performances have not been great this season, and he has been left out of the team on occasions by manager Roberto Martinez.
The 21-year-old has scored two goals and created 22 chances in 21 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 89% and a shot accuracy of 43%.
Barkley can still improve a lot and add more consistency to his game, and at the age of 21, he certainly has time on his hands.