Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
A report in the Daily Mail has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is now convinced about pursuing Everton star Ross Barkley this summer due to the improvement that he has made under Ronald Koeman.
The Mail reports that Barkley has been on Spurs' radar for a long time, however Pochettino previously had concerns about whether the 23-year-old would be able to play and thrive in the same team as Dele Alli.
But with the Mail now reporting that Pochettino has been impressed by the strides that Barkley has made to his game under the current Toffees boss, it appears that they are ready to confirm their interest by making a move, as they currently lead the race for his signature.
In terms of a goals and assists return, Barkley is not far off achieving his best total in a single Premier League season, having scored four and contributed seven assists with another nine games to go this term.
Everton's Ross Barkley in action with Hull City's Alfred N'Diaye
While his form has sometimes been questioned, there is no doubt that when he is at his best, there are few players in the top flight capable of keeping him contained.
And perhaps, after watching him grow under Koeman, Pochettino is convinced that he can help him continue to improve and help turn him into the world-class player he sometimes threatens to be.