Everton striker Louis Saha believes the time has come for starlet Ross Barkley to make his mark on the Premier League.
The 17-year-old, who has been with the Toffees since the age of 11, has been one of the club's stand-out performers in pre-season.
The experienced French striker has seen the youngster's ability up close and personal and thinks that one day he will be ready to make his mark on the international stage.
Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene for Everton as a teenager and Saha does not believe Barkley is too young to give manager David Moyes an option this term.
"I think he's got all the ability to be a great player for Everton and for England," commented Saha. "Hopefully he will show that this season.
"It's not too early for him because he's got all the attributes to surprise a few people.
"He's got power, strength, confidence, speed - he's said a few times to me that I'm slower than him. Hopefully he will show that to the Premier League this season.
"I'm enjoying training with him and hopefully I will enjoy playing with him because I think he's got so many talents and he will definitely be a big star if he keeps working hard."
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