Phil Neville Reckons Everton’s Ross Barkley is as Good As Kevin De Bruyne

Phil Neville Reckons Everton’s Ross Barkley is as Good As Kevin De Bruyne

Phil Neville is no stranger to leaving audiences confused by some of rather odd punditry, but he might have taken the biscuit after claiming Ross Barkley was as good a player as Kevin De Bruyne.

Neville was working as a pundit during Everton’s 4-2 win over Leicester City yesterday, in which Barkley was named the Man of the Match after setting up two goals.

During the broadcast, Neville compared the Englishman to Manchester City’s £50 million Belgian playmaker, insisting Barkley has all of the tools required to match De Bruyne.

Speaking alongside fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp, Neville said at the time, via Football Insider:

“Ross Barkley is equally as good as Kevin De Bruyne, and he is a £50million player.

“He whips the ball in like he does despite going away from the goal [for Lukaku’s first goal].

“He is capable of producing that. You’ve got to look at the ability of the boy, I hate those that criticise him. Support him and he could be great for both club and country.”

Obviously, as you’d imagine, Manchester City fans didn’t agree with Neville’s assertion:

Not only has a club parted with £50 million for De Bruyne’s services, but he’s also been player of the season in the Bundesliga, as well as becoming a regular for his country – all by the age of 25.

He’s also proved he can cut it in the Champions League, and at major international tournaments – so is Ross Barkley really as good as Kevin De Bruyne?

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