Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally has rather bizarrely suggested that Everton’s Ross Barkley is on the same level as Mesut Özil, with the Toffees midfielder impressing for Roberto Martinez this season, as reported by Sky Sports.
The England international has enjoyed mixed success this season, dipping in and out of form over the course of the campaign. He often plays a huge part in Everton’s success, scoring goals and providing assists for his teammates too. He just as frequently goes missing though, and has absolutely no impact whatsoever on the game.
McInally is in no doubt about the 22-year-old’s talent though, and puts him alongside Özil in that respect.
“He’s absolutely in that class,” he said.
“He’s exciting, he takes players on. He got a bit of the Mousa Dembele about him, in the way that he can skip past players. If he doesn’t play for England at the Euro’s then there’s something seriously wrong.”
Barkley unquestionably has a bright future ahead of him, and for his age he’s a phenomenal talent. If he can refine his game he can go a long way, but to suggest he’s anywhere close to being on Özil’s level is a farce.
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The German playmaker has been exceptional this season, leading the assists chart by a mile. He’s been the driving force behind what up until recently looked bound to be a successful title push, and is arguably among the contenders for the PFA Player of the Year award.
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Özil is currently among the best No.10s in the world, and while Barkley is a bright talent, he just isn’t close to matching the Arsenal man at the moment. What are you on Alan?