Former Manchester United and Leeds United defender Rio Ferdinand has suggested in The Times that Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley can become a great player if he is coached and managed properly.
Barkley is one of the most promising and exciting young players in the Premier League and will feature for England at the Euro 2016 finals in France this month.
The 22-year-old did not have a great season in 2015-16, and there have been criticisms levelled against him. There have been suggestions that the attacking midfielder is not consistent enough.
Former England international centre-back Ferdinand is a fan of Barkley, and he believes that the Everton youngster will fulfil his potential if he is coached and managed properly.
“Ross Barkley is another with people on his back, but he has huge talent and, if coached and managed properly, can be a great player,” Ferdinand wrote in The Times.
Barkley is genuinely talented and can achieve great things in the future. True, the youngster did not have a great 2015-16 campaign for Everton, but that does not mean that he cannot bounce back.
The England international attacking midfielder scored eight goals and created 55 chances in 38 Premier League appearances for the Toffees this past season.
Barkley had a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 51%, and won 27 headers, 115 dribbles and 23 tackles.