Ross Barkley is on the verge of leaving Everton this summer and Arsenal are seriously looking at the possibility of sign the attacking midfielder if we are to believe reports.

With the arrival of Davy Klaassen at Everton, the transfer of Ross Barkley now seems likely and Arsenal are believed to be one of the most interested clubs in making a deal alongside Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.

The 23-year-old playmaker has spent his whole footballing career at Everton making a total of 179 appearances for the club and is one of the best players ever to have come out of their youth setup.

Last season, Barkley made 39 appearances across three different competitions, scoring six goals and grabbing nine assists.


Style and strengths

Barkley is one of the toughest midfielders in the Premier League and his physical strength combined with his 6.2ft height make him a very tough opponent to take the ball from. His presence is felt on every part of the pitch he’s used, and he has been one of the top performers for Everton in the last few seasons.

His contribution to the attacking phase has been nothing short of remarkable. He creates an average of 2.28 chances and makes 2.06 key passes per game, maintaining an 83% passing success rate.

With his playmaking abilities also comes his threat to the opposition’s goal. The England international will take his chances from anywhere inside or outside of the box. On average he makes 1.33 attempts from outside and 1.17 from the inside of the penalty area per game.

His dribbling abilities are also one of his stronger traits and the player has a rate of 65.69% successful take ons per-match.

Barkley is also very versatile and can be played on either flank of the pitch as well as in central positions, just behind the striker or in a more deep, defensive role.