Rio Ferdinand: Ross Barkley should use Harry Kane as an example

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand suggests Everton’s Ross Barkley should look to Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane as inspiration.

Rio Ferdinand has written in The Sun that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley should be looking to follow in the footsteps of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

The former Manchester United defender believes that Barkley should try to become a more influential figure at the Toffees, just like his England international teammate is at Spurs.

“Who, at the start of this season, would have thought Kane would be the name on everyone’s lips rather than someone like Ross Barkley,” Queens Park Rangers centre-back Ferdinand wrote in The Sun.

“It hasn’t happened for him yet but Barkley has been tipped for great things. However, he was positive in the second half against Italy and must use that as a springboard.

“He should be looking at Kane, thinking ‘I can be as influential for Everton as he is for Spurs’.”

At the start of the 2014-15 season, Barkley - not Kane - was expected to step up his game and take the Premier League by storm.

It has not happened yet for the 21-year-old midfielder, who has struggled for form for Everton in recent weeks and has also been dropped from the starting line-up.

However, there is no doubt that Barkley has the talent to make it big in the Premier League - he showed that for the Merseyside outfit last season.

Kane had to earn his way into the Tottenham starting line-up in the opening months of the 2014-15 campaign, and Barkley needs to do something similar at Everton now.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has compete faith in the youngster, who needs to make the most of the chances that he will get between now and the end of the season.

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