Aston Villa played out a stalemate with Everton on Thursday evening, and many Villa supporters weren’t impressed with Ross Barkley’s display at Villa Park.
The 27-year-old was handed his 18th Premier League start of the season by Dean Smith, with club captain Jack Grealish only making the bench as he returned from injury.
Barkley played his final home game of the season for Villa, as he will be ineligible to face employers Chelsea on the final day of the current campaign.
His performance against Everton didn’t sit well with some Villa fans though, who took to social media to vent their frustrations at the attacking midfielder.
Barkley was replaced just after the hour mark for youngster Jacob Ramsey. He finished with just 47 touches of the ball to his name – five fewer than goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and failed to win a single aerial or ground duel, as per Sofa Score.
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Villa fans react
Ty Bracey thought Barkley had an ‘absolute stinker’ shortly before the interval, and these Villa fans joined in with criticising the England international online, with one describing him as ‘useless’.
“Dreadful tonight. Worse player on the park. He knew it as well. Struggling to see how he gets in this side ahead of Ramsey.”
“He’s been useless since his first 4 games tbh.”
“Send him back to Chelsea NOW”
“Been a passenger for the last few games.”
“I just don’t get why we play him when we’ve got nothing to play for. Get some minutes in to Ramsey or give Carney his debut who are the future of the squad.”
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