SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Upwardly mobile Ross Barkley talk of Owls

Thumbs up: Ross Barkley after his two goals.           Picture: Steve ellis
Thumbs up: Ross Barkley after his two goals. Picture: Steve ellis
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SHOULD Dave Jones get a call on his mobile and identify it as a particular number from the blue half of Merseyside, then he might be inclined not to answer. Or realise time is up.

Or rather that Ross Barkley’s time at Sheffield Wednesday might be up.

It’s the call Jones doesn’t want from Everton boss David Moyes about the upwardly-mobile midfielder now starting to make an impression in a different hue of blue and white.

“Everton can call him back tomorrow if they wish,” says the Owls boss who has spoken with Moyes about the player’s situation.

Barkley - who is a year into a four and a half year contract at Goodison Park - has completed his 28-day loan with Wednesday and is now staying on a week-to-week basis which is allowed under a youth loan arrangement.

“Whilst they are free from injuries, the lad will be staying with us and they know the kid is getting good experience here,” said Jones.

“What’s the point in them taking him back anyway unless they really have to?” asked Jones.

“There’s no point unless they are going to play him and, at the moment, they won’t play him because they have a strong enough squad.”

“You can see he is growing in confidence and the kid has got fantastic ability.

“It’s doing him good because he’s playing in The Championship and it will certainly help his development.”

Barkley, who will be 19 in December, has made seven appearances for the Owls and, by common consent, his best display so far was at Ipswich on Saturday when he scored twice in the 3-0 win.

He has represented England at Under16, U17, U19 and U21 levels (he missed out at U18 level due to a broken leg) and England keep an eye on him - they had a scout at the home game with Huddersfield and have also watched him away.

Wednesday now have two home games coming up, the first against Peterborough when a win will lift the Owls out of the bottom three.