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Ross Barkley | Midfielder

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 168

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Ross Barkley, among the most promising young talents to break out last year, has struggled massively this season, making him untouchable in fantasy.
Barkley was a popular figure in the Yahoo game last season, and for good reason - he had an introductory price around the 5m mark (and this was when we were given a 150m budget to work with) and he was a force on the pitch. It seemed the pricing gods at Yahoo slighted him to begin this season as his price was much lower than expected from the start, but apparently they knew something. He has just one goal on the season, along with two assists, and is now struggling to earn starts. This time last year, they probably could have listened to any potential offers from suitors who were willing to pay an arm and a leg, but now his stock has clearly taken a hit and he needs to show signs of progress soon lest he be in for a long summer. Mar 10 - 2:30 PM

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Roberto Martinez insists Everton have not received any offers for Ross Barkley and will not sell him during the January window.

Manchester City, who have a long-term interest in the England international, have once again been linked with a big-money move for Barkley but Martinez has made it clear Everton will not be cashing in. Barkley signed a new long-term contract in the summer and though he has only shown sporadic flashes of his talent this year, his manager has attempted to put an end to the speculation ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup third-round tie with West Ham. Martinez: "We have not received any approach. This January it is vital we recapture our best form and regain some momentum. If our best performers get compliments, we enjoy hearing those compliments and that is good but nobody will be leaving."
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 5 - 6:01 PM

Ross Barkley finally scored his first goal of the Premier League season when a screaming drive from outside the box took a deflection and went in.

It was a tremendous shot that was helped by a deflection and it set Everton cruising as Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith followed with goals of their own before Bobby Zamora pulled one back for the Rs. The bounces were kind to Everton on the day as both Barkley's drive and Mirallas' free kick to significant deflections to ensure they found the target. Regardless, Everton were the better team and the outcome never seemed in question after Barkley scored.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Everton's Ross Barkley can put up a big fantasy score against Hull City in Week 14.

Back to full fitness and full strength after an extended spell on the side-lines, Barkley is still the key man for Everton as he dictates the pace of the play from midfield. Like Lukaku the twenty-year-old found it tough going against Spurs but still showed glimpses of class with some powerful running, clever passing and he should find himself with a bit more time and space against Hull to work some efforts on goal for himself.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:54:00 AM

Ross Barkley is over a month into his return back from injury that caused him to miss the season's opening seven matches and is still looking for his first goal of the campaign.

One would think it is only a matter of time before Barkley begins to impress with more fantasy production and Everton need it from him now more than ever as they have a rash of injuries throughout the squad. His poor output in the Yahoo game has seen his price dip below the 7m mark, so while his lack of form may keep him from our Week 13 thinking, as soon as he awakens, there is a chance you can grab him on the cheap. He has shown us he can be worth holding onto when he gets going.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 08:37:00 PM

Ross Barkley looks poised to break out soon and presents a potentially lucrative budget option for the Toffees

Beginning the season on the shelf and having been benched once in the four matches since he has returned resulted in a stock drop for Barkley, but when fit, he is a nailed on weapon for Martinez and now that he has had over a month of action under his belt following injury, he should be at full fitness. He may not be in form at the moment, but those who like to invest in players that look set to pop rather than chase the points of those who already have should consider Barkley, priced at just 7.21m in the Yahoo game.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Ross Barkley inspired Everton on his return from injury in Week 8, and he can do the same against Burnley in Week 9.

It was no coincidence that Everton's drop in form during the opening two months of the season occurred while Ross Barkley was recovering from a knee injury. It was also no coincidence that Roberto Martinez's men put in their best performance of the season so far on Barkley's return against Aston Villa in Week Eight. The midfielder's energy, driving runs and clever passing changed the dynamic of the Toffee's attack and he had a hand in all three goals. Expect another exciting display against struggling Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 05:05:00 AM

Ross Barkley was immediately reinserted into Roberto Martinez's starting XI after recovering from a knee injury, and the prized midfielder provided an assist Everton's 3-0 thumping of Aston Villa.

The Toffees have arguably the most appealing schedule over the next six weeks, and with the lofty price tags of Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku, Barkley may provide the best bang for your buck if you are looking for a multiple week investment. With all four healthy and on the pitch together for the first time this season, Everton are shaping up to deliver positive results no matter which of their players you choose.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Ross Barkley is on the cusp of returning to full training for Everton after the midfielder had been recovering all season from a knee injury.

It will be interesting to see how Martinez shapes his XI with Barkley's return. Steven Naismith has been everything the manager could have asked for, playing behind the striker in what would normally be Barkley's role. Barkley is surely the better option for the Toffee's long term plans, but it would not surprise to see Martinez reward Naismith by easing Barkley back into the mix through substitute appearances. Long story short, Barkley carries risk for those who look to invest immediately upon his return.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Ross Barkley has suffered a leg injury in training just before Everton open their season with early reports suggesting he could miss up to six weeks.

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your fantasy teams alone. Barkley is one of the nicer prospects in the Yahoo game due to a very kind price tag, but it may be a while before we get to see him in action. A bargain option last season as well, there were several frustrating injury-related issues with him at the midnight hour of deadlines. Some weeks where he looked certainly out but played, other weeks where he seemed fit to go and sat out. It may be a blessing in disguise. With Seamus Coleman, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas all doubts as well, the Toffees may be forced to field a much weaker than normal side, affording Leicester a chance to perhaps pull an upset. Leon Osman would seem the natural choice to deputize at the CAM position assuming Roberto Martinez sticks to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Ross Barkley scored a brilliant goal from 25 yards out to open up the scoring but Everton ended up losing to Manchester City.

Barkley played great and made yet another statement to his bid for a World Cup roster spot this summer. Barkley has had a fantastic season that included a few fantastic goals and exciting runs behind the defense. The loss was a huge blow for Everton, who are now out of contention for the final top four spot in the Premier League. With Tottenham and Manchester United both losing earlier today, Everton is now guaranteed to play in the Europa League. Considering their huge lead in goal difference, they are going to finish in 5th place regardless of what happens in the final week of the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, May 3, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Roberto Martinez is still monitoring the health of Ross Barkley ahead of Everton's match against Arsenal, but states "we're very much positive he'll be available."

Barkley was removed at halftime during the Toffees defeat of Fulham last weekend with a calf injury but the manager's words are encouraging enough to believe he won't miss any further time. Still, he can be a frustrating fantasy commodity, as he has missed he was thought to be available for this season and vice versa. There is no denying however his presence makes Everton's attack much more potent and helps the fantasy value of his teammates.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Ross Barkley was removed at halftime during Everton's match with Fulham with what is thought to be a calf injury.

Just when Barkley was building up his fantasy stock, starting both games of the double last week and again today, he goes back down with another injury. Between mounting injuries with unreliable timetables and Roberto Martinez's penchant to move Barkley in and out of his XI when fit, the youngster, while full of potential, is becoming increasingly frustrating to trust in fantasy.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Roberto Martinez conceded the fact that he brought Ross Barkley back into action too soon following a toe injury, but that did not stop the manager from handing the youngster another start in today's FA Cup match with Swansea City.

The toe injury had an initial timetable of six weeks, but Barkley was back out on the pitch for the Merseyside derby in less than four, then started against Aston Villa just three days later. He was then included in the bench for the league match that was called off midweek before getting the start today. If Martinez truly believed he is asking too much of the youngster, he has a strange way of showing it. To know of Barkley's true status heading into each deadline is a real guessing game, but he has shown up until now that he can be very difficult to keep off of the pitch.
Source: espnfc.com
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 11:52:00 AM

Roberto Martinez stated that he expects Ross Barkley to be fit and available to contribute in Everton's crucial match with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Toffees boss noted that Barkley has been playing through pain with a broken toe suffered last month, but the young man has proved how tough he is, returning to the squad for the Merseyside Derby a couple of weeks ago, despite reports that he should have been healing for an additional three or four weeks. Hopefully, playing through it won't result in further damage for the phenom. He is not a recommended starter in fantasy for the weekend, but should be held onto by current owners.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 11:23:00 AM