Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley says he watches clips of Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla in order to improve his own game, the Mirror report.
On the international stage, many are already looking at Barkley as an outstanding England player and one who is capable of shining during next summer’s European Championships in France.
But what is the secret behind Barkley’s rapid improvement? Speaking to reporters on his success, Barkley admits he follows other players in his spare time in order to enhance his own game.
“I watch clips of all players. I watched Mesut Ozil in the summer, and Yaya Toure. When I am at home and there is no footy on the telly, I will put YouTube on and watch clips,” he said.
“It won’t be just the best clips, it will be clips of what they do throughout the whole game.”
“I’ve been watching Santi Cazorla. He’s good at creating chances and dictating play for the size of him. He is a great player.”
While Barkley and Cazorla are different types of players with differing attributes, the Spaniard is still a key cog for Arsenal and among the most creative midfielders in the league.
Cazorla plays in a deeper role than Barkley, but the way he drifts into space and retains possession is certainly an area in which the Toffees’ favourite can learn from.
Ozil, on the other hand, is the type of playmaker all attacking midfielders should aspire to be, such is his ability to consistently pick out the right passes and create chances at will for his teammates.
The German international has achieved at least one assist in his last seven successive Premier League matches for the Gunners and 11 in total for the season, unmatched records on both accounts.
Barkley may be of different ilk to the Arsenal duo, but learning from the best is a smart way to improve and on this season’s results alone, whatever he is doing in his spare time is certainly paying off.