Ian Wright: This period will say a lot about Everton attacker's future
By Harvey Byrne
Ian Wright has stated that Ross Barkley’s current period out of the Everton side will say a lot about his future.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was dropped to the bench for the second time this season against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
He spent the whole 90 minutes on the sidelines, as Roanld Koeman’s men earned a 1-1 draw with a Leighton Baines penalty cancelling out a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.
He has also been left out of recent England squads this campaign, with his last call-up coming under Roy Hodgson for the Euro 2016 tournament.
BBC pundit Wright was full of praise for the young star, but stated this period out of the team will have huge say on his future.
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“A period out of the team, what that does is the longer you aren’t in there, what I’ve seen from players who are out of the team through confidence,” started Wright on BBC Radio 5 live. “The longer you aren’t in there, the more when you do get in there you’re feeling more anxious to do well.
“He’s got to really manage that pretty well, because he is somebody who has unbelievable ability and a massive future ahead of him, but depending on how he’s managed this stage and this particular period now is going to say a lot about what will happen to Ross Barkley in the future.”
Barkley has just one assist and three goals to his name in 14 fixtures under Koeman this season.
His performances have so far been well below his usual standards and last season he provided 11 goals, scoring 12 himself in 48 encounters in all competitions.
At his young age he will be keen to prove his doubters wrong and reclaim his place in the Everton team, as well as the England side.
He has two years left on his current contract at Goodison Park and he will be eager to help the team improve on their disappointing 11th placed finish from last season.
However, with just one win from their previous 10 fixtures in all competitions, the Toffees have one less point then they did at the same stage in the last campaign.
They will be looking to earn their first victory in four matches with a trip to Vicarage Road against Watford coming up on Saturday.
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