Martinez: Barkley will play as a number 8 and get box to box this season

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Ross Barkley is full of confidence this season and he is ready to fulfil his potential in a midfield position so he can get forward box to box.

The Catalan believes that Barkley suffered as a number 10 and it became a little bit to enclosed for him but feels it has benefitted him to make different decisions on the pitch.

Martinez insisted: “He is ready to kick on this season. I really, really enjoy when he has that real freedom as a number eight, and can get box to box in those positions.

“At times as a number ten he feels a little bit more claustrophobic. You can give him a bit more freedom in a midfield role or a different type of role.

“Ross might not be getting attention from others, but he is getting it internally. Everyone knows what a special footballer he is, he doesn’t need the outside to tell him.

“He has changed immensely in the way he makes decisions on the pitch. A player of his quality and physicality, if we get that decision making right, he is going to be at his very best.“

“Last season was challenging, but he always, always took responsibility, he never shied away. Now I’ve seen a huge, huge difference of him as a player,” he added.

“He is a completely different footballer in terms of the decisions he makes on the pitch.”

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