Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Alan Brazil said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning why he feels sorry for Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley.
“I feel sorry for the boy in a way,” said the former Tottenham man. “For me, he is a big lad, he is now getting more consistency, he has quick feet, good clever feet, yet people still emphasise the point that he is not really a worker without the ball.”
Barkley is one of the most promising young players in the Premier League and is a massive talent.
The 21-year-old is predominantly an attacking midfielder, but he is also expected to help out in defence.
While that is something that the England international should look to do, the fact is that for Barkley to progress and develop, he needs to be given freedom to play the way he wants to.
There is certainly room for improvement and the Everton youngster should learn how to work without the ball, but he is only 21 and has time on his side.
Barkley has been playing well so far this season, scoring two goals and creating 16 chances in eight Premier League appearances.