Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has blamed his crawling showoff at Stamford Bridge at former club Everton.
Admired for his pace and power on the field of play by former England manager Roy Hodgson, the 24-year-old has yet to win a full nod from Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, to play regularly.
Barkley says that “over the years” he has had poor tutoring, that crippled his chances of grasping the game.
Barkley joined Chelsea earlier this year, and felt his move to join the former Premier League winners was the right turn to the next level of his footballing career.
The Toffees are a massive club but have failed to saddle to the task of being true title contenders, a disturbing situation that forced the 24-year-old out of Everton.
Barkley said: “Over the years I haven’t really been coached much,” Barkley said.
“I’m at an age where I understand football a lot more and I know how important it is to take the different tactics from different managers on board and I’m ready to understand every aspect of the game.
“I’ve thought about it, and I believe if I did have that type of approach [the same as his current boss at Chelsea] from a coach from when I was younger I would have improved a lot more but these things happen in football.
Now turned a Blues player, Barkley says he is comfortable playing in his natural role as a centre midfielder than “a deeply lying midfielder” at Everton.