Barkley is the English Ballack - Martinez

The Everton manager has compared the budding star to the former Germany ace after an extremely impressive start to the season for the young midfielder at Goodison Park
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has compared Ross Barkley to former Germany star Michael Ballack.

Barkley received his first call-up to the England squad on Tuesday as a reward for making an impressive start to the season with the Toffees.

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And while he admits the youngster is nowhere near the finished article, Martinez believes Barkley has the potential to go all the way to the top.

“He reminds me of Michael Ballack,” the Spaniard told reporters. “When Ballack was younger, nobody knew what his best position was.
“Could he be a sitting midfielder, an attacking midfielder or play up front? Ross is that impressive.
“He’s started our last three games. Against Real Betis he gave the ball away twice in a dangerous area. Against Norwich once. And against West Brom, he didn’t.
“It’s incredible how he takes things in and can develop, but he’s not the finished article.
“Ross is as good with his left foot as he is with his right.
“When he broke his leg, it took him three months to get back to his normal self and he started using his left foot. Now you won’t see a difference between which foot he strikes the ball with.
“I look at Ross and you tell me what ­weakness he has? He hasn’t got one.”