Everton youngster Barkley extends Sheffield Wednesday loan by extra month

The youngster has impressed during his time at Hillsborough, making seven appearances and scoring once since joining in September, and will now stay for four more weeks.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has extended his loan at Sheffield Wednesday by a month after a string of impressive performances for the League Championship side.

The 18-year-old Barkley joined the Hillsborough outfit in September in a bid to gain greater first-team exposure and has since made seven appearances, scoring in a 2-1 defeat to Bolton.

"Ross has got better and better since he came here," Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones told the club's official website. "The lad has a very bright future and playing games in the Championship will certainly help his development."

Barkley, an England U-21 youth international, will stay at Hillsborough on a week-to-week basis that is authorized under a youth loan arrangement to boost Wednesday in its bid to avoid relegation. Jones' men are currently in the drop zone, sitting 22nd of 24 teams in the Championship.

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