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Everton boss Martinez: Barkely did a Gazza at St James' Park

Everton boss Roberto Martinez likened Ross Barkley to Paul Gascoigne after his wonder goal in victory at Newcastle United.

The 20-year-old lit up St James' Park, where a young Gazza announced himself to the football world in such style, to invite comparisons with the star of England's 1990 World Cup finals campaign.

Barkley's contribution capped a fine display by the Toffees as they ran out 3-0 winners on Tyneside, and his manager was fulsome in his praise.

Martinez said: "To be fair, he has got such a variety of strengths. He can do things that only top players can do. I don't think he has got a like-for-like as a footballer.

"Sometimes I am looking at him and he does things that remind you of Michael Ballack; at times it's Paul Gascoigne.

"He has got a uniqueness about his play. Technically, he is as gifted as you are going to see, right and left, you wouldn't see a difference.

"But what shocks you is the physicality that goes with it. Then on top of that is the character. Nothing distracts him from his role.

"He is a really down to earth, modern footballer who all he wants to do is enjoy his football and score goals. He is a joy to work with."

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