By Amir Mir

Everton staff have stated that academy graduate Ross Barkley is “quite hard to coach”, according to a reliable journalist.

Mirror sports correspondent Andy Dunn claimed on BBC Radio 5 live that the talented England international is a gifted footballer but not the easiest for the Toffees’ backroom staff.

Midfielder Barkley was dropped by club manager Ronald Koeman for the Toffees 1-1 draw at Manchester City last Saturday.

The Dutchman cited tactical reasons for dropping the 22-year-old as he urged the youngster to “raise his game” ahead of the Burnley fixture at the weekend.

Barkley was also substituted at half-time against Sunderland in September for the same reasons, with journalist Dunn giving an insight into what he has been told about the youngster.

“I’ve spoken to some coaches who say that ‘Ross is a tremendously gifted player, but one of the issues is he is quite hard to coach’,” Dunn told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The modern manager wants his player to be very, very disciplined.

Barkley has made nine appearances for the Merseyside club in all competitions this season, scoring two goals and supplying one assist.

The Liverpool-born attacker was dropped from the national set-up for recent World Cup qualifiers, despite making the touring party for Euro 2016.

Koeman’s side travel to Turf Moor at the weekend, as Barkley looks to prove his doubters wrong ahead of a tough away fixture.

In other Everton team news, midfielder Ross Barkley must be axed when Ronald Koeman’s side travel to Burnley.