Last Updated: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:58
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley feels his experience on loan at Sheffield Wednesday will help him in his bid to win a first-team place under David Moyes.
The 18-year-old returned to the club's Finch Farm training ground this week after his two-month stay at Hillsborough came to an end. With captain Phil Neville likely to be out for two months after a knee operation, Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe sidelined with a hamstring injuries and defender Tony Hibbert's calf problem keeping him out, there are spaces starting to appear in the squad.
Barkley believes playing regularly in the Championship has improved him and he is looking to continue to progress under Moyes, who watched him in person twice during his loan spell.
"It was nice to know he was watching," said the teenager, who scored once in 13 appearances, 12 of which were starts. "It shows he wants to know how I'm getting on, how I'm progressing and how I'm learning.
"Now I just want to make an impression. I believe I'm better prepared now, more consistent. The manager's just said to do what I'm doing in training, do what I'm doing in matches and be ready to take my chance."
Barkley added on evertontv: "It was valuable experience, which I needed because playing in the Under-21s, it's good, but you need to be playing competitive football for points. By going away I feel like I've turned into a better player. I've learned quite a lot in a short space of time."
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