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Barkley grateful to new Everton boss for breakthrough season

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed he knew new Toffees boss Roberto Martinez would encourage his development after seeing the Spaniard's work at Wigan. The 20 year old, who has started 12 of his team's 15 Premier League games this term, told the Liverpool Echo: "I knew when I heard Martinez was coming in I'd get my chance this season. I'd seen the way he was with Callum McManaman and James McCarthy at Wigan, that he gives young players their chance.

"I knew I was the type of player to suit him because he's a really tactical manager who likes to build up the play. So I felt confident this could be the season I'd break through."

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