Steven Naismith praises the ability of Everton's Ross Barkley

Everton's Ross Barkley has earned praise from Steven Naismith, after making a number of improvements to his game.

Steven Naismith believes that Everton's Ross Barkley has been the club's most improved player so far this season, according to quotes in the Daily Express.

Barkley had a difficult campaign last term, and he struggled to perform to the best of his abilities, but he has been in inspiring form so far this year.

The attacking midfielder has been a constant menace for the Toffees and Naismith believes that the improvements that the England international has made deserve a lot of praise. 

“Ross is probably the most improved player in the squad,” Naismith told the Daily Express

“That showed in spells during pre-season and he's scored a couple of goals already this season.

“The Watford game (at the start of the season) probably wasn't his best game, but he scored a good goal and that masked things and arguably he has been our best creative player since then.

“He's making the right decisions now whereas last season he was probably trying to do it himself and would try to beat two men. Now if he sees the opportunity he will deliver the pass, as he did for me today and for Romelu (Lukaku) at Southampton.

“He's doing the right things and he's in a great moment. He sees the bigger picture much more now.”

Barkley's potential has never been in doubt, and Everton fans will be pleased to see that he is beginning to flourish into the exciting talent that they hoped he would become. 

The 21-year-old appears to have matured over the summer, and he is looking a much more consistent threat than ever before. 

His form has been a major reason behind Everton's fine start to the season, which has seen them move into the top-six of the embryonic Premier League table.

The Toffees currently have eight points and the quality in their squad was highlighted in their most recent victory - a 3-1 win against Chelsea. 

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