Former Everton star Leon Osman has stated that it is ‘worrying’ to see the lack of progress made by Ross Barkley since making his debut in 2011.
The two were teammates for many seasons at Goodison Park and the 23-year-old was widely expected to go on to great things.
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However, ex-Toffees midfielder Osman, who made 433 appearances for the Blues during a senior career spanning over 13 years, netting 58 goals in the process, believes that the creative playmaker has not yet reached his potential and that his excuses are now running out.
“He’s got all the talent in the world but he keeps on making more wrong decisions than right decisions in a game,” the now-free agent told the BBC.
“He’s been playing in the first-team since he was 17-18. That’s a long time to have been playing in the Premier League and not kicked on, and not made that next step.”
Barkley has arguably had his most influential season for Everton this term under boss Ronald Koeman, scoring five times and providing seven assists.
However, the Liverpool-born man is still leaps behind fellow Premier League attacking midfielders and England team-mates Dele Alli and Adam Lallana, who have both consistently outperformed the Toffees youth academy graduate.
The 23-year-old has come in for criticism from fans this campaign following a number of underwhelming performances, including during the Blues’ 3-1 derby defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Coupling that with the Englishman’s failure to obtain a place in the starting XI for his national side in over a year and it seems that Barkley still has plenty to do if he is to reach the heights that were expected of him.