Former Liverpool and Rangers midfielder Graeme Souness has highlighted a difference between Dele Alli and Ross Barkley in The Sunday Times.
Alli is 19 years of age and plays as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, while 22-year-old midfielder Barkley features for Premier League rivals Everton.
Both are England internationals and both are rated highly, but Souness has observed a difference between the two talented youngsters.
“Ross Barkley is another Everton player who needs to stop over-elaborating and get back to basics,” the former Newcastle United wrote in The Sunday Times. “He has eight goals and seven assists in the league from midfield, but I am still not sure exactly what he is.
“He looks a really strong lad with fabulous technique, yet the current comparison with Dele Alli does him no favours.
“Alli makes intelligent, penetrative runs forward into the box, with or without the ball, but I see Barkley doing lots of twisting and turning and having too many touches on the halfway line.”
Alli has been a revelation this season and is arguably the best teenage footballer in the Premier League at the moment.
The England international has scored seven goals and created 44 chances in 30 league matches for Tottenham so far this season.
The youngster has a pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 61%, and has won 35 headers, 26 dribbles and 47 tackles.
Barkley has scored eight goals and created 46 chances in 30 Premier League appearances for Everton so far this campaign.
The midfielder has a pass accuracy of 87% and a shot accuracy of 51%, and has won 22 headers, 98 dribbles and 19 tackles.