Bookie: Martinez urges fans not to expect too much from Barkley

Roberto MartinezBookies learned that Roberto Martinez, Everton manager, hopes that the team’s fans won’t expect too much from England midfielder Ross Barkley at Brazil 2014.

Pay per head sportsbooks saw that a 20-year-old Barkley was rewarded for his strong campaign at Everton in the Premier League by being picked for Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the FIFA World Cup, and bookies all over the world can’t wait to see how he’ll perform.

However, UK bookmaker services and pay per head sportsbooks saw that Martinez warned fans that it would be dangerous to expect too much from the player, who joined the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, and Luke Shaw in a young England squad.

“We shouldn’t expect Ross Barkley, at the age of 20, to go into a World Cup and be someone who has to win games single-handedly. That would be very wrong,” the Spaniard said.

And many bookies can agree with the coach on this.

“What is important is, as a nation, we have a responsibility to look after a young man who goes to the World Cup with the only intention of helping England be as good as they can.

“He is still young and we have to protect him. If we protect him well we are talking about a potential world-class talent.

“But it is down to us to allow him time and a little bit of a path to fulfil his potential with England.

“My message to every English fan and supporter in general is that we should embrace the younger generation – and it is phenomenal to have that – who have been called up by the England manager.

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“But we have to understand we carry a responsibility of allowing the young players to have a positive experience, whatever that is.”

UK bookmaker and price per head services are very eager to see how Barkley will perform in the World Cup, and bookies all over the world will be watching.