Everton boss praises England midfielder after goal in win over Newcastle
scored his second goal of the season to help Everton beat Newcastle United 3-1 and move into fourth spot in the Premier League.
The England midfielder has become a regular in Roberto Martinez's unbeaten side this season and stroked home a first-half effort that was sandwiched between Romelu Lukaku's brace, much to the delight of the Goodison crowd and his boss.
However, despite taking a three-goal advantage into the break, the Toffees were almost pegged back by the visitors. But goals from French duo Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy were not enough for Newcastle.
Barkley played for 87 minutes before being substituted as Everton looked to hold on to their advantange, and the 19-year-old was given an ovation by the fans after another impressive performance.
His goal was well-taken, latching onto a Lukaku pass and nipping into the box between Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiiwa to slip coolly past Tim Krul with 25 minutes played.
"It's hard to explain how much he's growing game by game," Martinez told Sky Sports at full-time. "Looking at him in pre-season he impressed straight away and from that point on he's been getting better and better.
"I've said it many times, he's a good listener and a unique talent for an English boy, he controls many aspects of the game that you normally don't see in a youngster like him.
"He's developed a very good understanding with Romelu and that always becomes a very good focal point of our attacking play."
Martinez added: "He is someone who is growing so much, he is so eager to fulfill his potential. He is a terrific ambassador not just for Everton but for English football."
Three Lions midfielder Gareth Barry also chalked up his 500th Premier League appearance while Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and substitute John Stones also figured.
Barkley, who earned his senior international debut against Moldova at Wembley earlier this month will hope to be back in Roy Hodgson's squad for the two upcoming World Cup Qualifers at home to Montenegro and Poland.
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