There was no doubt who the man-of-the-match was after Everton destroyed Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Steven Naismith scored all three goals for the Toffees and ensured Chelsea’s miserable start to the new season continued. But Ross Barkley also played his part and the young England international deserved plenty of credit despite not always looking at his best.
So far this season Barkley has scored two goals and provided four assists in just six matches, and after setting up two of Naismith’s strikes it is clear the 21-year-old is set for a huge season under manager Roberto Martinez.
Barkley is still young and should be allowed to develop at his own rate, but after so long under the spotlight already it seems he is about to play far more consistently and that only bodes well for Everton and their supporters.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Everton fans thought of Barkley’s performance against Chelsea and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Get in Ther great win today for the blues. Barkley head and shoulders above again today! Coybb— Matty Garner (@mattygarner1) September 12, 2015
Great game that, just wish the crowd would get off Barkley's back though!!— Ernie Edwards (@ernie_21) September 12, 2015
A slight negative from from the match is how obvious it is that Barkley can't cope when he has time on the ball. Always looks indecisive.— Marc (@Marc__T) September 12, 2015
Naismith will no doubt be MOTM but Barkley was just superb, I couldn't fault anyone today— Nick Hughes (@yozz1980) September 12, 2015
Thought Barkley had another strong game. He's been a pleasure to watch so far this season. Maturing into a top all round midfielder #Efc— Alex Corbett (@AC_Efc7) September 12, 2015
Stones, Galloway & Barkley stood out for me today but don't think there was a bad performance from anyone! #UpTheToffees— Jemma Birks (@Birks1878) September 12, 2015