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Newcastle No2 Carver: Don't put too much pressure on Barkley

Newcastle United No2 John Carver feels it's unfair to compare Everton youngster Ross Barkley with Geordie legend Paul Gascoigne.

Barkley scored an amazing individual goal in Everton's 3-0 win last night.

Carver is well-placed to assess the comparison Barkley and Gascoigne having been on the playing staff at St James' as the precocious Geordie emerged from the ranks.

He said: "I think that's a lot of pressure to put on the lad, but I think he's a class act.

"I'm sure their manager will nurture him in the right way and he's got good people around him.

"He's got a bright future - we've just got to be careful that we don't build him up too soon.

"He's a Ross Barkley, not a Paul Gascoigne, but as long as they manage him right and we as a country manage him right, I think he's got a bright future."

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