Former England Captain, Wayne Rooney has great words for Everton teammate, Ross Barkley as he described him to be one of the most gifted he has seen in his career.

He said this while speaking with talkSPORT although the 24-year-old Everton academy graduate hasn’t kicked a ball for the Toffees this season as a result of a persistent hamstring injury.

New manager Sam Allardyce mentioned last week that the offensive midfielder is almost back in action in an announcement which should thrill Toffees fans.

Barkley, albeit inconsistent and wasteful, has been one of Everton’s most important players in recent seasons and he might be the finest product of their well-known academy system since Rooney emerged as a prodigy as far back as 2002.

Now, Rooney himself has reiterated that he looks forward to Barkley’s return, claiming that former England Manager, Allardyce – who was appointed after Ronald Koeman was fired last month – can help him realize his undisputable potential.

“Ross is a fantastic player, really gifted, and under Sam [Allardyce], with the players, we have in the squad now, it can help him,” he told talkSPORT

“If we can get him fit, get him back playing, he is a massive player for us. Ability-wise he is one of the best I’ve seen. It is just about showing that on match day.

“I feel he has the right coaches to show that and the right players on the pitch.”

Barkley, who had traveled to Chelsea’s training ground for a medical suddenly halted a deadline-day transfer to the London club in the summer transfer window, and if he returns to his best before the January transfer window, the Blues and even Spurs could be back to snap up the young talent.

His current contract with Everton will expire in the summer, so they might consider their option of either letting him go in January or tie him down with another contract quickly or risk losing him for free in the summer.