Ross Barkley vs QPR

Build around Barkley and Everton will triumph

Last season, Ross Barkley showed plenty of quality but failed to produce game-winning performances on a regular basis. In a way, his inability to influence matches has helped Everton; the young starlet will almost certainly stay at Goodison Park for the foreseeable future and Ronald Koeman might be the man to get the best out of the Toffees star next season and for many years to come…

Without a shadow of a doubt, Barkley is a talented footballer. At just 22 years old, he is still incredibly raw and the Toffees will be wary of this. It would be foolish to expect him to consistently churn out top performances on a regular basis but the Everton man has already shown so much promise during his short career at Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez failed to get the most out of the youngster but Koeman will use a very different approach.

August is officially upon us and Everton are showing positive signs ahead of the new campaign. In fact, plenty of punters will be looking to back the Toffees as they look to climb into the top half of the table. Those who hope to place a wager on Everton to defy the odds and finish in the top six can find offers and promotions at – and many will be riding their hopes on Barkley to lead them there.

And if truth be told, the 22-year-old is capable of stepping up to guide the club to the next level of English football. The Dutchman will be looking to build his side around Barkley in the coming years, especially now that the Toffees can rely on chief shareholder and investor Farhad Moshiri for additional funds in the transfer market. With a couple of decent acquisitions, Everton could well blossom into an elite football club.

The Toffees were always on the verge of greatness under David Moyes but the Moshiri-Koeman combination is a match made in heaven. The former Southampton boss is perhaps the best manager at improving young talent in the Premier League and that is exactly why he can transform Barkley from a promising prospect into a genuinely great player. He has always had potential but Koeman can develop the midfielder into the next big thing…

Everton fans have always known that Barkley has the qualities needed to be world class. Last season was an anomaly in the sense that the Toffees significantly underachieved – it won’t happen again. With the Goodison Park faithful in full support of Koeman, the club can make their iconic venue a fortress again and Barkley WILL be the centre of attention. After all, he is the most naturally talented footballer here… write him off at your peril.

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