Everton's Ross Barkley rivals Romelu Lukaku for man-of-the-match plaudits after impressive display

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley impressed for Everton against Southampton.

Everton’s Ross Barkley gave another glimpse of his vast potential at St Mary’s as the Toffees recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon. 

The Toffees broke the deadlock midway through the first half thanks to Romelu Lukaku, who then added a second just moments before half-time to ensure a commanding lead for Roberto Martinez's side.

The Belgian international may have stolen the plaudits for the traveling Merseyside outfit but the performance of Ross Barkley, who scored the club's third, undoubtedly matched the efforts of his clinical team-mate.

  MatchTotal ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Successful DribblesDribble Completion (%)Tackles WonMinutes Played
Ross Barkley Southampton vs Everton 3 67 1 46 88 2 40 0 90

Playing the no.10 role in Everton's 4-2-3-1 system, Barkley dictated play for the Toffees. Having completed 88 per cent of his efforts to find a team-mate, he recorded more successful passes than any of his colleagues.

He appeared a threat on the edge of the penalty area throughout proceedings, as he proved with his assist for Lukaku's second goal - a slick through ball into the path of the onrushing Belgian striker. He also hit the back of the net in the second half as he recorded three attempts in total, while completing two success dribbles - 40% of his total attempts to take on an opposition defender. 

The 21-year-old has received great praise for his early displays this season as he finally looks to be exhibiting the form that pundits and supporters alike had previously expected.

Lukaku aside, Barkley was the key man for Everton at Southampton on the weekend and his recent form will surely fill the Goodison Park faithful with glee.

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