Phil Jagielka has told the Daily Mail that everyone at Everton was waiting for Ross Barkley to kick-on and show his class.
Barkley has made over 100 appearances for the Toffees' senior side to date, but his form was inconsistent last campaign.
However, since the start of the new season, the 21-year-old has been in wonderful form, scoring three times in his first 10 appearances and proving to be a constant threat.
And Jagielka said: "He has had a good start to the season.
"We have all wanted Ross to kick on and it seems like he is progressing sort of mentally and physically as a footballer at the moment.
"It was a fantastic performance. It was nice for him to get an assist and the general performance, but he is still the same player - he is still hungry to play. He has got a long way to go yet but it is nice that he is progressing along nicely."
Jagielka and Barkley are both currently with the England team, with the Three Lions taking on Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying this evening.
England have already confirmed their place in France next summer, but they can go through with a 100 per cent record if they win tonight.
Barkley and Jagielka are both expected to play a part in the fixture, but after the international break their focus will need to quickly return to club matters.
The Toffees have made a good start to the season, but they face a tough contest against Manchester United at the weekend.