Peter Reid lavishes praise on Everton’s Ross Barkley

The 59-year-old has been singing the England international’s praises.

Peter Reid has rushed to the defence of Ross Barkley, with The Liverpool Echo quoting him as stating that the gifted playmaker is good enough to get into any team.

The England international has shown his sublime talent this season with a number of standout displays for Roberto Martinez’s men, but has also copped criticism.

Neil Warnock has been vocal in stating that Barkley’s defensive abilities let him down, but Reid has hit back at these claims.

The 59-year-old has expressed his thoughts on Barkley’s unique talents and stated that his supposed lack of defensive inclination is no weakness worth criticising.

“I think the boy has got an extreme talent and you look at the whole make-up of a player,” The Liverpool Echo quote Reid as saying.

“If he can't defend it doesn't matter and if he can't win tackles it doesn't matter so long as you get behind the ball and make it difficult for opponents.

“From that point of view I'd dismiss any criticism of Ross entirely.

“I'd encourage someone with his talents to get on the ball and try and make his final pass a bit better and I'd go with all the positives.

“In the right balanced team, Ross Barkley is going to be someone who can play in any side.”

The Everton man has also started to show his best form for England and put in a number of excellent showings for The Three Lions in Euro 2016 qualifying recently.

Barkley will hope to make Roy Hodgson’s starting XI for next summer’s competition in France and is a wildcard that could well be the difference for his nation.

Everton’s hopes of finishing in the top six this season will be significantly boosted if the attacking midfielder can stay fit and on form.

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