Mauricio Pochettino can make Ross Barkley a better footballer, says ex-Everton captain Phil Neville

Mauricio Pochettino can make Ross Barkley a better footballer, says ex-Everton captain Phil Neville

Ex-Everton midfielder Phil Neville has stated that he believes Tottenham is the right move for Ross Barkley to develop his career. 

Neville singled out Pochettino as the main reason as to why Barkley should make the move to White Hart Lane, stating that he would be the right manager to raise the England international’s game to the next level.

“I think he’s a top player” Neville said talking to Sky Sports.”I think he needs to be playing for one of the top clubs in the Champions League”



“If you look at clubs to go to, and mangers to play for, I can only see one. And that’s Mauricio Pochettino

“I think for Ross Barkley, he needs to choose the right manager, someone that will improve him and someone that will challenge him.

“And more importantly someone who will coach him, and make him a better footballer. I think Pochettino is that man.”

Pochettino’s success with English players

Pochettino’s record with English player speaks for itself. Since joining Spurs in 2014, he has molded Harry Kane into a Golden Boot winner, whilst also putting other English player’s on the radar.

Four out 23 players who featured for England at the 2016 Euros were Tottenham players, however that number has since increased to five after England’s last call up in June.

Pochettino has also declared his faith in young English players on multiple occasions. Below highlights some examples of when Pochettino has nurtured the English players into regular Premier League starters.

Nathaniel Clyne
Calum Chambers
Eric Dier
Luke Shaw
Ryan Mason
Dele Alli
Adam Lallana
Jay Rodriguez
Rickie Lambert
Harry Kane

Should Barkley opt to study under the tutelage of Pochettino, it is highly likely he will be able to assert himself into the England team, given Pochettino’s past success rate. The allure of Champions League football would also be a huge bonus, given the player’s limited chances in Europe.