​Everton midfielder Ross Barkley says he is enjoying his football, after a tough beginning to the season.

The England international has been in good form recently, picking up a goal and three assists in his past five Premier League matches, and was seen celebrating before scoring against Bournemouth during Everton's 6-3 win over the Cherries.

“That just showed how much I’m enjoying it at the minute,” Barkley said, as quoted by ​Everton's official website.


“And that’s the same with all of the lads as well.

“The goal was in the last minute - and it’s something you do as a kid. I was through and knew I wasn’t missing, so I celebrated before I scored. It was just on the spur of the moment, I thought about doing it straight away.

“It’s what every footballer wants to do - enjoy it [playing]. Sometimes you go through the hard spells but it’s worth it in the end because you get the good days ahead.”

Barkley had been dropped earlier in the season by manager Ronald Koeman but now has four goals and five assists in the Premier League. Everton's squad have spent a week training in Dubai, and Barkley is hopeful the trip will help the Toffees in their bid to secure European football for next season.

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“It’s been a great trip up to now,” Barkley continued. 

“We’ve been working really hard, a lot of intense work but there’s a lot of enjoyment in the training sessions. We were expecting a lot of sun, which we haven’t had, but it’s still been very warm and that takes it out of you a little bit, especially with the intense work we’ve been doing.

“That’s what it’s for - it’s to boost our fitness so we can kick on for the rest of the season and the last 13 games. We’ve been putting in a lot of effort and we are looking forward to the games coming up.”