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Former teammate: Ross Barkley could've been the next Steven Gerrard

Ross Barkley's former teammate Mark Hughes has revealed he thought the Chelsea midfielder would be the next Steven Gerrard during their ...



Ross Barkley's former teammate Mark Hughes has revealed he thought the Chelsea midfielder would be the next Steven Gerrard during their time at Everton.

Barkley and Hughes were together at Everton academy before Barkley broke into the first team.

Hughes who currently plays for Accrington Stanley felt Barkley could've developed differently.

“If he (Wayne Rooney) was playing at that age now, I'm not saying it would get taken out of him, but I look at someone like Ross Barkley when he was at Everton, and he came in a bit of a street footballer, but I think managers and even fans they sort of take that out of them,” he told Tribalfootball.

“I love when a young lad comes through, and he was the one who I thought could be the next Steven Gerrard for Everton, you could have built a team around him. I thought he could've been the best midfielder England had since Steven Gerrard.

“But because the way he played, he used to run with the ball, and sometimes he'd get it taken off him, that's the hardest part of football taking people on. Then the fans would get on his back because he'd given it away, [then] he just started passing it.

“He just had that little street footballer taken out of him. I like to watch things as a neutral now, I do support Everton but now I watch the two teams tactically when I go to games now a little bit. And he was the one when I think to myself I felt sorry for him a little bit, even though he's earning £100k a week at Chelsea, but he could've been Everton's Rooney, that local lad coming through.”

Chelsea completed the £15m signing of the England midfielder from Everton on a five-and-a-half-year deal in January 2018.


Written by Vince @blue_footy
Photo credit: Talksport

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