Arsenal 1 Everton 1: Ross Barkley compared to Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack and can be hero for England at World Cup, claims Roberto Martinez

The 20-year-old midfielder produced a dominant performance at the Emirates

Ross Barkley’s stand-out performance against Arsenal in Everton’s 1-1 draw at the Emirates prompted his manager Roberto Martinez to make comparisons with Paul Gascoigne and Michael Ballack in assessing the 20-year-old’s style of play.

Martinez was effusive about Barkley, who played a role in Gerard Deulofeu’s equaliser, passing the ball wide to Bryan Oviedo for the crucial cross. Watched by Roy Hodgson, Barkley was, according to Martinez, ahead of any English player he had worked with in terms of “mentality” and application.

Martinez said: “I’ve got great admiration for Ross, he’s got great potential. We need to give him time, we have to recognise as real English diamond he isn’t ready yet and it will take time but he has everything to mark a real era in our football.

“What we need to do is make sure we give Ross another 50 starts to see his evolution. Any player needs to develop an understanding and learn how to be effective ... in this country we need to be more protective over our youngsters, because in Ross we have someone, if we look after him properly, who can give us something unique.

Asked about Gary Lineker’s tweet comparing Barkley to Paul Gascoigne, Martinez said: “When I see Ross, I see bits of [Michael] Ballack and bits of Gazza. It’s for us to make those comparisons, but I can guarantee you Ross Barkley is quite unique. He has incredible balance with both feet, really strong, really powerful.

“He is developing an increased awareness. He is someone you can compare to any other nation, and I mean the young Brazilians, Dutch, Spanish players. He has a gift and that talent. It is always good when people love the game and they give their opinion. Ross, as long as we give him time and allow him to develop, he will be fine.”

Martinez also praised the contribution of Gareth Barry, on loan from Manchester City. He said: “I’ve never seen such a level headed footballer. He never gets emotional. We don’t have enough specialists in that position in the English game, that No 6’. Michael Carrick is the only other player. We produce box to box midfielders but we don’t produce that tactical player who plays in front of the back four.

Every team spends a fortune on that number six - Fernandinho, Paulinho, Sandro, Lucas. We don’t produce them. Carrick and Barry are the only two. Managers in the Premier League need to take responsibility to develop players that other countries do.”

Despite not winning, Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League is now five points with games against Manchester City away on Saturday and Chelsea at home on 23 December promising to give them a clear indication of where they stand in the title race. Wenger’s team travel to Napoli tomorrow knowing that they will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League if they avoid a three goal defeat.

Were they serious title contenders now? “It depends what you call serious,” Wenger said. “As long as we are five points ahead, you cannot rule us out even with the best desire. It will be a tough Premier League, the consistency in the end will be rewarded. The consistency of course is down to us for us to keep this attitude until the end of the season.

“It gives us belief. Consistency in results strengthen your belief. You could see just in Everton today, if they lost 5-0 at Old Trafford they would not have played like that. They had just won 1-0 at Old Trafford, came here, nothing to lose, you could see what kind of influence confidence has.”

Suggested Topics
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete tomorrow
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167
newsSouth Korean reports suggest rumours of a coup were unfounded
Arts and Entertainment
You could be in the Glastonbury crowd next summer if you follow our tips for bagging tickets this week
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Swimmer also charged with crossing double land lines and excessive speeding
moneyForbes 400 list released
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Kylie performs during her Kiss Me Once tour
musicReview: 26 years on from her first single, the pop princess tries just a bit too hard at London's O2
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has already been blamed for a rise in the number of callouts to the fire brigade for people trapped in handcuffs
voicesJustine Elyot: Since Fifty Shades there's no need to be secretive about it — everyone's at it
Life and Style
Moves to regulate e-cigarettes and similar products as medicines come amid increasing evidence of their effectiveness
healthHuge anti-smoking campaign kicks off on Wednesday
Piers Morgan tells Scots they might not have to suffer living on the same island as him if they vote ‘No’ to Scottish Independence
peopleBroadcaster has a new role bringing 'the big stories that matter' to US
Arts and Entertainment
A new Banksy entitled 'Art Buff' has appeared in Folkestone, Kent
Arts and Entertainment
Shia LaBeouf is one of Brad Pitt's favourite actors in the world ever, apparently
filmsAn 'eccentric' choice, certainly
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style