Everton manager Ronald Koeman is unsure if midfielder Ross Barkley will ever fulfil his potential. Barkley, 23, has long been touted as England’s next Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard, having come through Everton’s youth academy, and has been linked with a move to Tottenham.
However, Koeman is desperate to see more from Barkley, who was lucky not to be sent off for a rash challenge on Jordan Henderson in his side’s Merseyside derby loss on Monday.
“First of all I don’t like to say because every word I say about Ross is used by the media in a negative or positive way,” the Dutchman told UK newspapers.
“Maybe that type of aggression meant he lost a bit of control in that action [on Henderson] but he is working hard.
“He needs to improve to be the player that maybe everyone expected when he was 18 or 19.”Koeman said there were no guarantees Barkley, a 22-time England international, would deliver on his potential.