Kilbane: Barkley great credit to Everton's Finch Farm

Everton hero Kevin Kilbane has been discussing Ross Barkley's emergence this season.

Everton hero Kevin Kilbane has been discussing Ross Barkley's emergence this season.

He wrote in the Daily Mail: "Lee Carsley, my former Everton and Ireland team-mate was the first person who mentioned Ross Barkley to me. We’d left the club by then, but the staff around the first team, who ex-players keep in touch with, are always up to speed with any players making particularly good progress in the Academy.

"And there have been a few - James Vaughan, who became the youngest goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League, Francis Jeffers, Michael Ball, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Richard Dunne. I remember Victor Anichebe coming into first team training at 18, this big, strong young lad who bullied the likes of Alan Stubbs in matches.

"Barkley is a totally different player to Wayne, but he is in that category of having outstanding, immediately eye-catching potential and talent and he is the latest outstanding Evertonian to come out of their Finch Farm base. He has had a fantastic first full season for one so young, he is a leading contender for young player of the season and in the running to be on the England’s plane to Brazil."

 
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