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Barkley looks to Yaya Toure for inspiration

Ross Barkley on the ball for England against the Republic of Ireland last weekend Credit: PA Images

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been studying Manchester City's Yaya Toure to improve his game.

The 21-year-old failed to replicate his form of 2013-14 in a disappointing campaign for him and his club last season.

Barkley is nonetheless determined to find a way to re-discover his spark after struggling to adapt to being played in a number of positions.

Speaking to thefa.com he said:

"At club level I don't think I did as well as I wanted to do this season, but still I have learnt a lot and felt like I've improved as well."

"When I come away with England listening to the more experienced lads like Joe Hart is great; he's a good example."

"I've also been watching clips on Yaya Toure and Mesut Ozil. Ozil is so calm in possession and picks the right passes, which is something I've got to get a bit better at."

"I just observe, just watch clips on YouTube and the spaces he moves into."

"With Yaya Toure (it is) the breaks forward he does and the counter-attacks. When he gets the ball his distribution is really good too."

"Personally, when I get on the pitch, I just try to put in a good performance. If I can do that then hopefully it can lift the lads around me."

– Ross Barkley

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Everton star brews up a new career

Everton midfielder Leon Osman has been brewing up a new career under the watchful eye of one of the Everton in Community trainees.

18 year old Todd Campbell-Bennett has turned his life around thanks to the help from the club's charity. After going to prison at the age of 16, Todd has put his life back on the right track and now works at the Richmond Hotel in Liverpool.

Operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Everton in the Community supports the most vulnerable and underprivileged members of local communities.

Leon joined Todd during a shift to find out what it takes to make the perfect brew.

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