Former Everton midfield prospect Ross Barkley has hit out at the coaching methods during his time at Goodison Park under a number of different managers.
Barkley appeared a natural talent when he broke into the first team, belatedly after a leg-break halted his progression under David Moyes, and after a number of loan terms away from Everton.
But he admits that wasn’t enough and that he needed to be coached more, blaming the lack of guidance on his comparative failure to progress as he had been imagined to.
“Over the years I haven’t really been coached much,” Barkley said.
“I’m at an age where I understand football a lot more and I know how important it is to take the different tactics from different managers on board and I’m ready to understand every aspect of the game.
“I’ve thought about it, and I believe if I did have that type of approach [the same as his current boss at Chelsea] from a coach from when I was younger I would have improved a lot more but these things happen in football.
“When I broke into the Everton side under Roberto Martinez I was playing in the No 10 role and I’d never played there before from when I was developing at the Academy to the first-team and I was getting used to that role.
“I was a No8 or before I broke my leg I was a deep lying midfielder. I’ve always been a centre midfielder either in a two or a three, now I’m in a three I feel very comfortable.
“I believed we were going in the right direction at Everton, to be a massive club and compete for titles, but it didn’t go that way and I needed to take this chance.”
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