Ex-Everton youth coach Holden: Method behind Barkley loan spells

Former Everton development coach Andy Holden is delighted for Ross Barkley over his England call. The midfielder earned a first England call-up this week.

Former Everton development coach Andy Holden is delighted for Ross Barkley over his England call.

The midfielder earned a first England call-up this week.

Holden told the Daily Express: "One of the things we worked on with Ross was him giving the ball away too easily and receiving a pass with his back to his opponent.

"When you do that you need a trick to get away from your marker. It was a case of sitting through some videos with him and trying to make sure he got the ball in the right position. You never saw Paul Scholes get tackled when he received the ball.

"Due to the injuries he had, he probably missed 50 to 60 games of his apprenticeship when you learn how to play the game and what positions to take up.

"We sent him to two of the hardest clubs to learn at: Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. If you give the ball away at Hillsborough, the crowd will let you know. If you give the ball away at Leeds, the same. It tests you as a player."

 
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