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Barkley Feels The Benefit

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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Ross Barkley agrees with manager David Moyes that he has returned to Everton a better player.

The 18-year-old midfielder is back at Goodison Park after his two-month loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday came to an end earlier this week.

In that time, Barkley made 12 starts and one substitute appearance for the Championship outfit, netting four goals.

Following his return, Moyes said he felt regular first-team football had benefitted the youngster.

And, having added significantly to the 10 competitive run-outs he made for the Blues last term, Barkley concurs he is now better prepared for life at a Premier League level.

"I enjoyed it," the teenager said in an exclusive interview with evertontv. "I was there for two months and it was valuable experience, which I needed because playing in the Under-21s, it's good, but you need to be playing competitive football for points.

"It helped. By going away I feel like I've turned into a better player. I've learned quite a lot in a short space of time.

"The players talk more because they're fighting for points and we were low in the league and trying to get up. Also with the Under-21s, it's not really as physical as it is in the Championship, and it's much better playing in front of crowds too."

Keen to keep tabs on Barkley’s progress, Moyes sent a member of his backroom staff to report back on the youngster every time he appeared for the Owls.

The Scot also took time out to watch two of his performances in person.

And Barkley added: "It was nice to know he was watching. It shows he wants to know how I'm getting on, how I'm progressing and how I’m learning.

“Now I just want to make an impression. I believe I'm better prepared now, more consistent.

“The manager's just said to do what I'm doing in training, do what I'm doing in matches and be ready to take my chance."

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