Judging by his start to 2017, this could be the year which Ross Barkley lives up to the promise he displayed as a teenager.
After starring in his breakthrough campaign at Everton in 2013-14, Barkley was compared to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne as England’s ‘next big thing’.
Both Barkley and Everton’s progress stalled over the past two seasons, but after a tough start to this term, during which he was told in no uncertain terms by Ronald Koeman that he needed to improve, the midfielder is now excelling once more for the Toffees.
Still only 23, since the turn of the year Barkley ranks second for both chances created and assists in the Premier League.
With Gareth Southgate set to name his next England squad on Thursday, Barkley is well placed to return to the international fold – as the following video shows, Koeman’s tough love has worked wonders on the talented Toffee.
• • • •
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) March 14, 2017
Some might be surprised by Owen’s forthrightness.
Bad news if your team has Spurs this Christmas.
What’s the point of an iPad if you have an iPhone?
Not everyone enjoys visiting football stadiums.
One player has managed an impressive 10 own goals.
Impressive stuff from the young man.
Which team do you most dread your lot playing?
Mourinho and Fabregas are serial offenders.
Man City are on course to set several new records.
Good saves, good tweets and a lot of snow.