The former Southampton boss said that he likes Barkley, and will give him all the support he needs to improve, but said that he is not just a young talent anymore, and that he is now an international footballer and needs to meet those expectations.
Koeman saw Barkley in action against his former side last season, and knows the youngster from Wavertree’s talents, but will want to see him improve further as this season starts.
The new Everton boss said, “He’s already a key player for Everton, even at a young age. I look forward to working with him and making him a better player.
“I like him as a player because he is good with his left foot, right foot and has a good view of the pitch. But he needs to improve, he is not just a talent any more he is a national team player and expectations are strong.
“We will give him every support. It is about building a good relationship with the players, showing them what they have to do to improve. It starts in the morning and finishes in the evening.”
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