By Harvey Byrne
Danny Mills has stated that Ross Barkley’s problem in the past has been that he “hasn’t been involved enough in games.”
The 22-year-old has had a tough start to the new campaign in which he has dropped out of the England squad and struggled to adjust at Everton under new boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutch manager looked to give the young prospect a “wake-up call” earlier in the season after he was dropped to the bench against Manchester City, which saw a run of 55 consecutive appearances in the Premier League come to an end.
Now BBC pundit Mills has identified Barkley’s problem in the past of not being involved enough in fixtures, stating that a lot of the work on the pitch is what you do without the football.
“First and foremost you’ve got to win the battle in the Premier League,” said Mills speaking on Saturday’s edition of Football Focus. “I think that’s been Ross Barkley’s problem in the past, he hasn’t been involved enough in games.
“You only have the ball for 90 seconds, two minutes max throughout the game, so you’re without it for a long time, so a lot of the game is what you do without it.”
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Barkley has featured in 12 fixtures this season under Koeman, scoring three goals and providing one assist.
He has helped the Toffees to a seventh placed position in the Premier League table as they look to improve on a poor last campaign under former boss Roberto Martinez.
The Goodison Park outfit will host Swansea on Saturday, who are currently struggling under Bob Bradley in 19th place.
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