Danny Mills says FA commission looked at Leeds - Everton loan of Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley

Danny Mills was part of the FA commission into England's youth football along with ex-Leeds teammate Rio Ferdinand.

Former Premier League star Danny Mills has been discussing his role in the FA commission undertaking a study into improving English football from grassroots level upwards.

Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live the panel, which also included Rio Ferdinand and Glenn Hoddle, looked at how young players were utilised through the divisions. 

He said the commission noted how Everton ace Ross Barkley's spell in the Championship failed to be productive in terms of his development.

Mills said: "Ross Barkley went to Leeds, he didn't play. The manager didn't trust him.

"Managers will go to older players. That was one of the things we looked at."

Barkley was loaned to Leeds in 2013, playing only four times under manager Neil Warnock. He had a more productive spell at Sheffield Wednesday a year earlier, making 13 appearances.

The move to Leeds did not seem to set Barkley back. At 22 he is an England international, and starring for Everton in the Premier League. If anything it looks like a missed opportunity for the Championship side.

Mills' comments came before he was criticised live on air by co-analyst Joey Barton, who questioned his qualifications to be leading an enquiry in English football.

Barton took to Twitter afterwards to sum up his opinion:

Looking at Leeds at present, the current side are doing well at giving young players opportunities. Head coach Steve Evans is finding Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor to be among his most reliable performers.

Do managers give young players enough chances?

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