Manchester United legend Paul Scholes on Everton’s Ross Barkley

Manchester United great Paul Scholes suggests that Everton midfielder Ross Barkley should be encouraged to play his natural game.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has explained in The Independent how Everton midfielder Ross Barkley can improve his game.

England international Barkley has not been in great form this season and has been dropped from the Toffees’ starting line-up on occasions as well.

The 21-year-old, though, is a hugely talented young player, and former United midfielder Scholes has suggested that Everton manager Roberto Martinez should give him more freedom to play his natural game.

“When I have watched him play for his club recently I have felt that he has tended towards the safe option in his play,” Scholes wrote in The Independent.

“That is natural when you are playing in a team who are losing or drawing a lot of games. But that is not what has made him the player he is so far in his career.

“Barkley is one of those players who has to be encouraged to run at opponents and take shots at goal.

“At his age he needs to be given the assurance that he can do that with confidence, and while he has been criticised in the past by (England coach Roy) Hodgson for giving the ball away too much, Barkley should never be afraid to do that in attacking positions.”

Barkley is an all-round and dynamic midfield player who likes to run at defenders, something he has not always done to perfection so far this season.

Perhaps the confidence of the youngster is low at the moment, and if that is the case, then Martinez needs to drag him out of that state and make him believe in himself again.

Given that Barkley is only 21 years of age, he is bound to make mistakes, but he should still be encouraged to take risks and do what he does best.

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