New Everton boss Ronald Koeman believes Ross Barkley could be a key man in his new era but he warned the midfielder he must improve.
The 22-year-old is widely-regarded as one of Everton’s brightest talents and Koeman, who was confirmed as the new Blues boss last week, is looking forward to working with the England international.
The Dutchman will hope to develop Barkley further at Goodison Park and the former Southampton chief has called on the local-born academy product to progress and live up to the hype he has generated since he first made his first-team Toffees debut back in 2011.
Koeman 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.”
Barkley began last season well under old boss Roberto Martinez, scoring six goals in his first 14 Premier League games, but he struggled in the second half of the campaign, managing just two further two goals as Everton generally disappointed in the top flight.