Moyes fears Everton will struggle to keep hold of 'the new Rooney'
EVERTON manager David Moyes admits he is already fighting to keep teenage sensation Ross Barkley from the clutches of Manchester United and Chelsea. Barkley, who turns 18 in December, will be given a lucrative new deal to fend off any major bids from the Premier League title chasers.
Moyes, who surprisingly added former winger and free agent James McFadden to his squad last night, believes the onus is on Everton to keep proving they are they are the right club to nurture Barkley's career.
"Every club will want Ross Barkley because Ross Barkley is going to be an outstanding player. I'm worried it will be difficult for us in the future," admitted Moyes.
"I'm sure the bigger clubs will be looking at him, but we've no intention of selling him.
"At the moment, the only thing you've got to remember is that Ross hasn't played for us in two years due to injury. If someone comes for Ross, it's expensive to buy off Everton in the main. If you're going to come and try to take our better players, we don't sell cheap."
Evertonians will be concerned of a repeat of their Wayne Rooney misery, when no sooner had the boyhood blue established himself he was already being lined up for his move to Manchester United.
Moyes says the club is in a far healthier situation to resist offers, and satisfy the ambitions of young players, than they were when Rooney asked to leave.
"I think we've got the team to carry Ross," he said. "The club is in a much better position. You can at least say Everton are finishing in the top 10, whereas I think prior to that it hadn't been a regular thing for Everton to be in the top 10.
"Now there's a level of expectancy where most people would expect us to finish near Europe, and we've been in Europe quite a lot. Can we carry someone like Ross now? Of course we can, maybe when we had Wayne I don't think we could hang onto someone of that talent at that period.
"Ross has had a double hernia and he's also had a triple broken leg in that period, so he's missed his development. What we're finding is Ross will probably make his mistakes in our first team, which could be costly to the team and the club. I've got to weigh up when and where I think I can allow that to happen.
"Meanwhile, I'll play him in as many reserve games as I can because he's missed two years."
McFadden, meanwhile, has rejoined Everton on loan until the end of the season. He first moved to Goodison from Motherwell in 2003 for £1.2m, leaving for Birmingham in £5m deal in 2008.
The 28-year-old has been out of contract since the summer.