Gareth Barry praises his young teammates at Everton


Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has been impressed by John Stones, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku.

Gareth Barry has told the Daily Mirror that Everton are a unique club because of the youngsters they currently have in their starting line-up.

Everton have formed the basis of their success around the talents of John Stones, Ross Barkley, Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku.

And with all three players under 22 years of age, Barry cannot think of any other side in the Premier League side who place so much trust in their young players.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any, no. When you are talking about four regular starters who are getting a run of games, they are consistently producing,” Barry said.

“Like any young players, if they are going to make it to the next level then consistency is the key. That is their next target.”

Roberto Martinez has been keen to develop Everton’s prospects ever since taking charge at Goodison Park, and his faith in youth has paid dividends this season.

Barkley, Stones, Deulofeu and Lukaku have all been in wonderful form over the season so far, and there is great excitement about their futures on Merseyside.

Although Everton will have to fight hard to keep hold of the quartet, if they can keep their current squad together then the coming years should be very exciting.

Stones and Barkley are considered two of England’s brightest prospects, while Deulofeu and Lukaku are already two of the Premier League’s most dangerous attacking players.

Everton are currently in ninth place in the Premier League, but a win at the weekend could lift them up as high as sixth.

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