Everton golden boy Ross Barkley accepts that his form this season has not been good enough, but insists he can do better and isn’t feeling the pressure of expectation according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old has great things expected of him, but has mirrored the form of his team this season – very much flattering to deceive. The Toffees finished fifth last season and were in contention for a Champions League spot for much of the campaign, with Barkley performing very well, but neither player nor team have been able to reproduce the same form this season.
On his personal performances Barkley said, “From my point of view I haven’t done as well as I know I can, but things like this happen,’ said the England international.
“You have to go through bad days to get to the great days you have in your career.
“Everything’s a learning curve. We haven’t been going through the best period at the moment but we’re going to come through this and be really good at the end of it.
“I don’t feel pressure. I believe in myself and I know what I can do. It’s not me feeling pressure, it’s just me putting pressure on myself if I don’t do my best, and I know I can do better.
“I just focus on getting better every day, putting things right in training and then hopefully what I’m doing right in training I’m going to show in games as well.”
The prodigy of Merseyside hasn’t been able to get a long run in the side at Goodison Park, switching positions regularly when he does get in the team, which is likely to have unsettled his game.
While he has all the attributes to perform best in a deeper midfield role, Barkley, though, doesn’t agree and suggests a positional change could be the answer.
“I’m a striker,’ he told the Daily Mail. “I feel I can have my greatest impact there because I’m free to roam around the pitch, take players on, have shots and create chances.”
Barkley has only managed two goals and two assists this season in 26 appearances for Everton.