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Everton no.2 urges Barkley to establish himself first

Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes that promising midfielder Ross Barkley should remain at the club until he is an established player.

The 17-year old is attracting plenty of interest from clubs around England but Round thinks it is important for him to stay put at Goodison Park and become a Toffees first team regular just like Jack Rodwell has done.

"He's in the team, he's getting better every week and Ross has got to establish himself here first," Round told the Liverpool Echo.

"You've only got to look at some of the previous ones. Jack Rodwell was the cause of a lot of speculation but he's stuck it out and he's playing regular Premier League football now."

He added: "People could forget he's only 17 and just starting out on his footballing journey.

"He's potentially a very good player but potential by definition means he's only capable of it - he hasn't done it yet.

"In the future I expect him to come through and be a top player for Everton - not for anybody else.

"Ross is quite a level headed lad and he's got some very good mentors within the dressing room here who will always advise correctly on doing the right thing every day and being the right professional.

"That makes our job much easier, obviously, and it's testament to the likes of Tim Cahill, Phil Neville, or Phil Jagielka."

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