Barkley Temperament Boosts Boss
Roberto Martinez has praised Ross Barkley's temperament.
The 20-year-old has been in the spotlight in recent weeks - with his stunning winning goal against Swansea once again heightening talk in the media about the prospect of the young Everton man having the potential to make an impact at the World Cup for England.
The Goodison chief is keen to maintain a sense of perspective surrounding the midfielder but admits he has no doubt about Barkley's ability to deal with expectation.
Martinez told evertonfc.com: "It is not a difficult position for Ross. We don't rely on him to win football games, we rely on him to develop, enjoy his football and help the team - and that is a very different approach. But whatever happens with the national team, Ross can cope with it because nothing fazes him. He has had a terrific education with what has happened in his career so far and he is well equipped to cope with anything that happens on the pitch.
"For me, if he isn't involved in the World Cup I will be happy with that because, as a young man, he will be able to relax during the summer. But if he is involved in the World Cup it will be a unique experience and he will be able to take a lot from it. Whatever happens, he will be able to deal with it."
Barkley's confidence in his own ability was evident in the victory at the Liberty Stadium, commandeering the ball from Romelu Lukaku in the 84th minute after James McCarthy was fouled as he charged forward from midfield.
Martinez explained: "The truth is that Ross is somebody who can surprise you. He has got that technique and quality. In the absence of Leighton Baines - for free-kicks in that area - Romelu had been practicing from that distance and that area. But all the top players are guided by instincts and Ross, in that moment, felt it was right for him. He took that opportunity and the execution was like somebody who practices that free-kick 100 times a day. That is down to the talent that he has.
"Ross has been through such a long journey to get where he is. He is a young man but he has been through a lot and he appreciates everyday where he is. He also understands that if he drops his standards it will be very tough for him to get into the team."
Everton's games against Sunderland, Southamptonand Stoke are sold out, meaning the next chance to watch Martinez's men in action is the FA Cup Third Round visit of QPR on 4 January.
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