Barnes is impressed with Gareth’s development over the past two years and believes the twenty two year-old has now earned the right to be known as a ‘world class’ footballer.
“He's adapted his game to become world- class. Was he a left-back? Was he a left winger? A left-sided midfielder? I think he's found his true position, he's found his true pattern, his method and he's been sensational for the last two years.
“You can't tie him down to a particular position or particular type of player. Is he a winger? Well, we've all seen him score goals from the middle. He's an all-round athlete, an intelligent footballer and Tottenham are getting the best out of him.”
“His game is not just about getting the ball and beating four players every time, you are not going to be able to do that. He seems to be able to cope with that because there are times when he gets it and lays it off first-time.
“The right decision is when to pass, when to dribble, when to run. What happened a lot - and it happened with me at times and maybe with him earlier in his career - when he got the ball, he probably felt he had to do something special. What's happening now is that he's making the right decisions. When there are two men on him, there is a spare man somewhere, and if you move the ball quickly you can find that spare man.
“He's now making those decisions. Maybe he won't be as eye-catching in every game in terms of beating four players, but he's still contributing to the team in helping them be successful.”