Ryan Giggs: Everton 23-year-old should follow example of Tottenham counterpart
By Dominic Toner
Ryan Giggs believes that Everton’s attacking midfielder Ross Barkley should look to Tottenham ace Dele Alli as an example.
The 23-year-old has become an important player at Goodison Park since graduating through the Toffees academy and is thriving under manager Ronald Koeman this season.
He is also a regular in the England set-up, but is quite often someway short of the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, Spurs playmaker Alli is a regular starter for England and has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past two seasons.
The 20-year-old won the PFA Young Player of the Year last campaign and has improved this season.
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Manchester United legend Giggs feels that Barkley could learn a lot from his fellow attacking midfielder Alli, claiming he is the perfect example to look at.
“If there is an example for Barkley to look at, then it probably comes from a player younger than him who currently occupies the playmaker role for England,” Giggs wrote in the Telegraph. “Dele Alli does many things better than Barkley – not all it should be said – but overall he has the more complete game.
“He scores goals, he can defend and keep the team shape. He drops into the pocket in front of the opposition defence. He runs in behind without the ball.”
Barkley emerged as one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League a few seasons ago, but some people believe he has been unable to fulfil his potential.
He has made 30 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring five goals and supplying seven assists.
Alli has become the star man for both club and country, surpassing Barkley in the process.
The number 10 has made 39 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring 17 goals and supplying eight assists.
The Spurs and Everton players may be competing for a spot in the England set-up, but Giggs feels they can still help each other improve.
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