Ian Snodin: Signs that David Moyes is starting to trust Ross Barkley

02 April 2013 09:00
I WAS thrilled to see Ross Barkley given some game time against Stoke.

It’s been an up and down season for the lad and he’s found opportunities limited. So it was a sign of Ross’s maturity that his manager brought him on with 10 minutes to go in a game still hanging in the balance.  

I thought Ross acquitted himself very well. The decision to book him for a legitimate tackle was very harsh, and he shouldn’t lose any sleep about it.

Instead he should take encouragement from a disciplined display when he didn’t trip himself up trying to be over-eager and impress. That’s the temptation when you’re a young player desperate for opportunit- ies, but Ross just needs to carry on biding his time. He will have been thrilled to get more Premier League experience under his belt.

It’s all about playing games when you’re that age. Look at John Lundstram, who is currently learning his trade on loan at Doncaster Rovers. They’re top of League One, and the experience John is getting will really help his chances of developing a career with Everton at the highest level.

The pitch at Donny isn’t great at the moment, but more importantly he’s playing in a winning side where points matter which is always going to be better than reserve football. More from the Liverpool Echo From around the web Related Tags

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