As quoted by The Daily Mail, Harry Redknapp has revealed how he would manage Everton’s Ross Barkley and how he would like to see the midfielder perform in the future.
The feeling is, here in the Transfer Tavern and not just from the Toffees fans, that Barkley could be a very good footballer for club and country over the coming years if he can just find some more consistency in his game.
Certainly, that is how Ronald Koeman appears to see it after the Dutchman took the midfielder out of the side after a poor display against Sunderland earlier this season.
However, the former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes that he shouldn’t be criticised so often and should actually be praised more for what he can do on the pitch.
“Ross Barkley doesn’t need knocking down. He needs picking up. It’s no good saying what he can’t do. What can he do? He can play”, said the former Spurs boss.
”He can see a pass, he’s strong, he can run with the ball. He’s got great ability, so tell him. ‘Go on Ross, go and play, run the game, they can’t live with you Ross, you’re different class.’
”He’d feel 10ft tall. Don’t keep telling him to get back in there when we haven’t got the ball, don’t do this, don’t do that… encourage him.”
Redknapp’s comments come ahead of England’s latest World Cup Qualifier against Scotland at Wembley with Barkley not in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
In fact, the Toffees ace hasn’t been included at all since not playing a single minute at Euro 2016 and these are dark times for Barkley.
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