Moyes to mind young Barkley

The major positive for the Toffees to come out of their

season-opening home defeat to QPR – which followed a frustrating

summer of limited activity in the transfer market for the

Merseyside club – was Barkley’s eye-catching senior debut. Much is

anticipated of the 17-year-old and his dynamic performance in the

game at Goodison Park on Saturday demonstrated why. Moyes is

certainly pleased the Everton faithful have a new hero, although

the manager has stressed he will be taking a cautious approach with

Barkley, who has had injury problems in recent years. “I think

everybody wants to get excited about players,” said Moyes, who was

Toffees boss at the time Wayne Rooney broke into the team. “I think

Evertonians have not got an awful lot to be excited about at the

moment, so Ross gives everybody something to look at and cling on

to. “But I will have to pick and choose him at the right times and

I’m sure people will understand. “It is not just because of his

age, it is also because of his lack of football as he is still

really coming back from a triple broken leg, which we have to be

mindful of. “He is a boy who is keen as mustard. He was out on the

training ground carrying the bag of balls this morning, and it is

great. “He is a boy from the city of Liverpool who people know, a

bit like Wayne. “Probably because he has missed a couple of years

of playing, he is a little bit raw and naive with it, but it’s

great to see someone with the life and enthusiasm in them that he

has. “He is quite quiet off the field and doesn’t say an awful lot,

but he comes alive when he is on the field.” The other good news

for Everton from the weekend concerned a far more experienced

player, with the club confirming Phil Neville has signed a new

contract extension. The deal means the 34-year-old captain will

play on for the Toffees until at least 2013 and Moyes hopes Neville

will consider a coaching role at Goodison Park when he decides to

hang up his boots. “If Phil wants, there will always be a place for

him as part of the coaching staff here,” Moyes said. “He is such a

good pro and he has a great attitude towards his work. “I don’t

know if that is what Phil wants to do, but with the type of person

he is, we would be delighted to have him around here.” Aside from

those bright spots, there has been little to cheer Everton

supporters of late, with chairman Bill Kenwright last week saying

the club’s transfer plans were being hampered by their inability to

borrow from the bank. Moyes is keeping upbeat, though, and ahead of

Wednesday night’s Carling Cup second-round clash at home to

Sheffield United, has urged the fans to do likewise. “We are

positive – we are not getting too down,” Moyes said. “We know

within the walls that we are not in any way affected by the talk

which is going on, but I did feel on Saturday that at times there

was an anxiety in the crowd. “But it is the same players here as

last year when they finished seventh – the same players who lost at

Blackburn on the opening day last season and recovered. “We were

determined and desperate to get off to a good start and we didn’t

do so. But we will try to get a good win in the cup that will

hopefully kick us on.” Moyes has dismissed reports that Arsenal

have come back in for Phil Jagielka, and says he is perplexed by

claims that Joseph Yobo is on the verge of joining Fenerbahce.

Referring to the Yobo speculation, Moyes said: “I’ve not heard

anything about it. “I’ve seen a lot of stories saying that we’ve

had an offer – I’ve certainly not been given it or heard of it, so

I don’t know where that has come from.”