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31st Dec, 2016 | 12:18pm

Koeman hails Everton player after performance v Hull

By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman has praised Everton midfielder Ross Barkley after his display against Hull.

The Toffees earned a 2-2 away draw against relegation-threatened Hull and were heading for a defeat until a late Barkley goal.

The 23-year-old managed to score a well-placed header in the 84th minute as he answered a number of critics in the process.

The attacking midfielder has been under the spotlight recently for his recent performances and is expected to provide more creativity.

Everton manager Koeman was thrilled with Barkley’s performance against Hull and claimed he was extremely dangerous.

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“I hope that goal really gives Ross a boost,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official website.“He was that player tonight what we expect in his position. We spoke about being more dangerous in front of the goal and to have better offensive movements and he was really important in the final part of attacking and scored an important goal for 2-2 in the second half.

“He was dangerous and was that player we need to have that better support for our strikers. We need productivity and tonight we created a lot and that is one of the positives we take from it.”

Everton stay seventh in the Premier League table with the point and will now hope that Barkley starts to put in consistent performances.

The central midfielder is best suited in the number 10 position when he can play behind striker Romelu Lukaku.

He has scored four goals now in 19 appearances this season and will be looking to improve that record in the club’s next game against Southampton, who are just three points behind them in eighth.

In other Everton news, the club should sign a reported available attacker in January.