Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ross Barkley should stay at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is being linked with a summer move

Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley has endured a rollercoaster week.

First, there was an altercation in a Liverpool night club and then an attack by a so called journalist who compared the midfielder to a Gorilla.

He finished the week on a high, though, by doing what he does best by being influential for Everton in a 3-1 home against Burnley on Saturday.

It was the sort of display that the midfielder has produced on many occasions this season, but that Toffees fans would like to see on a more consistent basis.

Loved at Everton

Ross Barkley seems to divide opinion. At times he can look brilliant, but his decision making is often questioned. However, he is undoubtedly a very talent footballer and hopefully, he will only improve in the future. Despite criticism by Evertonian’s, he is loved.

He is one of our own, as Spurs fans sing about Harry Kane. Barkley has been at the club virtually his whole life and is a lifelong blue. He is the player that represents the Everton fans on the pitch. The midfielder is the lifelong blue fulfilling his dream of playing for his beloved team.

Barkley seems to get just as frustrated as the fans when a pass goes astray or he makes a poor decision. To his credit, his decision making on the pitch is improving. I just hope he chooses his waterholes more carefully in future, though!

Doubts about his future at Everton

Barkley may be blue through and through. However, there are doubts about whether the midfielder will be at the club next season. He will have just 12 months left on his contract in the summer and boss Ronald Koeman has not minced his words about the situation.

The Dutchman has stated that the situation is simple; the 23-year-old will sign a new contract or he is sold. Like Everton fans the Koeman will not want to lose the attacking midfielder, as losing him would mean having to try and find a replacement in the summer.

Despite Barkley being criticised, he is still highly-regarded. Tottenham have been linked with a £30million move for the midfielder this summer. Morning reports suggest that Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is also eying up a summer move for Barkley.

The noises coming out of the Barkley camp echo those coming out of the Romelu Lukaku camp, the old ‘I want Champions League’ football.

Everton left it slightly too late

Unfortunately for the Blues, it seems they have left it slightly too late to qualify for the Champions League this season. The Toffees are fifth in the Premier League table and trail arch-rivals Liverpool who are fourth by six points. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have a game in hand.

The teams below Everton in sixth and seventh, Manchester United and Arsenal respectively have three games in-hand on the Toffees. The Merseysiders are now paying for a mid-season run of just one win in 13 games. A few more wins and they could now be serious contenders for a top-four place.

In truth, at the moment Everton are not too far away from challenging for those Champions League spots but are odds of 80/1 to finish in the top four this season.

For the club to progress, they need to strengthen and most of all keep hold of their best players, both Barkley and Lukaku fall into that category. The midfielder’s situation is slightly different to Lukaku.

The Belgian striker may like Everton. However, he has no major emotional ties to the Merseyside club. Barkley, on the other hand, has emotional ties to both the club and the city.

This summer Barkley faces a big decision. The majority of Everton fans love him and he loves the club. However, if he feels that he is not going to fulfil his ambitions with the Toffees then he may well move on in the summer, which could be to the detriment of everybody involved.

Will Ross Barkley be playing for Everton next season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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