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Thursday 8 December 2016

Roberto Martinez: Ross Barkley is treated unfairly

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley

Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits Ross Barkley is a player who generates extreme opinions - both good and bad - but claims the club is the only place where he is treated with balance.

The 21-year-old has been criticised for playing out an ordinary season with the Toffees but he was praised for two positive substitute appearances with England in the last week.

Martinez, who accepts the midfielder has endured a difficult time recently, claims that highlights perfectly the way Barkley has been treated since his breakthrough season in the previous campaign, where he was nothing short of a revelation.

"I think Ross is a young man who is used to having to deal with extremes," he said ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Southampton.

"When he plays well he is probably the best footballer that England could have and when he has a bad game it is the end of the world."

He added: "What I enjoy from Ross is he enjoys the responsibility and enjoys taking control of the big moments in games and he has an incredible technical ability which, with the physicality he has... you don't see many players in world football have those abilities.

"We are really enjoying seeing Ross growing."

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