Martinez heaps praise on Everton ‘diamond’ Barkley

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on young gun Ross Barkley.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on young gun Ross Barkley.

The 20-year old midfielder produced a stunning 84th-minute free-kick to help the Toffees secure a 2-1 win at Swansea City on Sunday and his efforts were certainly not lost on his gushing manager.

"The goal from Ross gave us something to be proud of and something I want to savour,” he told Sky Sports.

"We have a few youngsters. Ross, John Stones, James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman... We have a real nice blend and what pleases me is that in the group, everyone is prepared to work hard for the team.

"Ross is growing game by game and is a diamond of English football. The free-kick was an example of what he can do."

He added: "He's an incredible listener and young man with a lot of potential. He always comes up with something different in a game to show he can develop.

"I'm proud of seeing him grow. You could see he was fighting with Romelu because Romelu really practices his free-kicks.

"But Ross is a player who gets fed by feelings. He's a natural talent who can play in any position.

"We didn't know he could take free-kicks, but it's good to know from now on."

 
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