Roberto Martinez finds stat about Everton's Gareth Barry 'very interesting'

Everton's Gareth Barry has covered the second most ground of any player in the Premier League.

Roberto Martinez has told the Daily Mail that he has been very impressed by Everton midfielder Gareth Barry this season.

Only Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman has covered more ground in the Premier League, than the 35-year-old midfielder.

And Martinez says that the fact that Barry has ran so far over the course of this season is a testament to his ability.

“It's a very interesting stat,” Martinez said. “I don't think many people, when you watch Gareth play, would come up with that stat.

“Gareth covers the ground, not just the amount of running that he does, it's how clever he is with his tactical position and the way he covers other players and reads the game. At the age of 35, to be able to have the physicality to do that is impressive.”

Barry is not renowned for his work-rate, but he started in every one of Everton’s league matches to date this campaign.

The former England international has racked up 34 appearances this season, but he is set to miss the Merseyside club’s next two matches.

Barry picked up a red card during Everton’s FA Cup match against Chelsea last weekend, meaning he will have to sit out of Martinez’s side’s matches against both Arsenal and Manchester United.

In Barry’s absence, Muhamed Besic looks the most likely candidate to come into Everton’s midfield for their match against the Gunners this weekend.

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