Exclusive – Barkley can become a world star if he leaves Everton for Man City, says Marsh

first_imgManchester City legend Rodney Marsh has advised Ross Barkley to move to the Etihad Stadium “in a heartbeat”.The defending Premier League champions are reportedly plotting a £50million swoop for the Everton starlet, who has risen to stardom in two impressive seasons since graduating to the Toffees’ first-team.His development is comparable to fellow Merseyside-born whizzkid Wayne Rooney, who secured a £27m switch to Manchester United at just 18 and went on to star for both the Red Devils and the Three Lions.Ex-England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has warned Barkley against leaving Goodison Park, but former striker Marsh believes moving to City would give the youngster the platform to become the greatest British player in history.“I would advise Ross Barkley to move to Manchester City in a heartbeat,” Marsh told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He has the opportunity to become one of the greatest British players we’ve ever seen.“He’s the sort of player who can move to Manchester City and, unlike others, can get into the first-team as a youngster, dominate and become a truly great footballer.“I would advise anyone at the moment who has the chance of becoming a top player to go to City, it’s a wonderful club now. They’ve got everything in their favour, from their training conditions to being able to play around great players.“This morning I spoke with someone who has seen every game Ross Barkley has played, even for Everton’s youth team. He told me this kid loves his football, he trains harder than anybody, he stays behind after training and is a wonderful young man as well, and they truly believe he will go on to become a world star.“Another player Everton let go as a youngster, Wayne Rooney, became the biggest thing in British football when he moved to Manchester United. I put Barkley in the same category.“Only time will tell but I think this kid can be breathtaking, both for England and Man City, if he decides to move there.“I think Yaya Toure could well be out of the back door, so that’s another reason why I think Barkley would be great at City.”last_img read more

Hair hero Kai donates his curls to charity

first_imgEleven-year-old Kai Borland has reached a major milestone in his life today after a brave haircut.The Moville schoolboy has had his long curls cut off and donated to make wigs for children with cancer. Some 14 inches were snipped away by stylist Aisling Cunningham at Powder ‘n’ Pout Carndonagh for this worthwhile cause.Kai has been growing his hair since 2014, when he had chemotherapy during his battle with a rare aplastic anaemia. Doctors managed to save the then seven-year-old from liver failure, but the virus jumped to his bone marrow. He had complete bone marrow failure and was extremely ill. Thanks to his older brother Killian, Kai underwent a transplant and chemotherapy. He had a long, tough road to recovery and spent a year in isolation before being able to return to school. Four years on, he is doing well and delighted to be able to help others.Kai was in the Ronald McDonald House for sick children in Dublin when he was inspired to grow his hair.His father Mark told Donegal Daily: “When he was in isolation, Kai made friends with other kids through the windows. He would play with one little girl who had leukaemia. One day she was bald, and the next she had a full head of hair.“Kai asked, ‘What’s up with that?’, and we explained that it was a wig and kids donate their hair to make them. “Kai said, ‘I’m going to do that’ and he didn’t get a haircut again.”11 year old Kai Borland before his haircut. Photo: Mary Borland11 year old Kai Borland before his haircut. Photo: Mary Borland“The kid was as bald as a coot,” said Kai’s mum Mary. “He had blonde curly hair and after the chemo, it grew back dark and curly like an Irish dancer’s.”“Today is a very big day for him. We’ve been planning to get it cut for a while and we had just the right length today,” she said.11 year old Kai Borland before his haircut. Photo: Mary BorlandKai Borland before his haircut. Photo: Mary BorlandMark said Kai had a real determination when it came to growing his hair, as some children would pick on him for his long curly locks.Mark said: “Kai didn’t want to explain why he was doing it. It is rare that a boy grows his hair for the charity because they get picked on unmercifully. “Kids don’t mean to bully, but he was often called a girl. He set himself apart, he made himself different so he could grow his hair for kids who can’t.”11 year old Kai Borland after his haircut for Little Princess Trust. Photo: Mary BorlandKai has been through the wars and come out the other end, Martin said, and his donation today was inspired by the smile on the little girl’s face after she got her own wig.Now, with a big smile on his own face, Kai is sporting a new haircut and has a great gift to share with another child. Kai’s hair will be sent to the ‘Hero by LPT’ programme, part of the Little Princess Trust in the UK.  After all that he has been through, this is a happy day to celebrate a major milestone and achievement for Kai and his family.11 year old Kai Borland after his haircut for Little Princess Trust. Photo: Mary BorlandHair hero Kai donates his curls to charity was last modified: June 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more