Tottenham transfer target Ross Barkley lacks the desire and attitude to become a top-level footballer, according to former Everton midfielder John Collins.
Barkley is Spurs’ priority in the transfer window, with Mauricio Pochettino prepared to bide his time over a move for the Toffees playmaker after his departure was effectively confirmed by manager Ronald Koeman.
Koeman confirmed Barkley was looking for a new challenge this summer having rejected a new deal at Goodison Park, but Collins warned Spurs he is not without his flaws.
“Some managers, you look at him and you say he’s got talent, can I put that desire and that work ethic into him and turn him into a top player,” he told talkSPORT.
“But it’s difficult to give players that desire.
“When I watch him sometimes he doesn’t really want the ball all the time.
“Is it confidence? I don’t think so because he’s got a lot of talent, he’s got skill, he’s got power, he’s got speed but to be a top player – as we are all talking about it – you have got to have the whole package.
“At this moment when I am seeing him he doesn’t have the whole package.
“He’s talented, he’s got skill, he can beat a man and he can shoot but end product – 21 goals in 150 matches – I don’t think it’s a great figure.
“Sometimes he doesn’t run, work and sweat enough for the team when you watch him.
“If he had Wayne Rooney’s attitude and desire then I would class him as a top player.”