Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were far from happy with their side following the Toffees’ 5-2 mauling by Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, a result which plummeted them into the relegation zone.
The Merseyside outfit went into their clash with the Gunners having won just two of their opening eight league matches, but they made a fine start at Goodison Park on Sunday thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 12th minute strike. However, that appeared to rile Arsene Wenger’s side and unanswered goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey gave the visitors a 4-1 lead, and although striker Oumar Niasse got one back for the hosts, Alexis Sanchez bagged a fifth late on to seal a comprehensive victory for the North London giants.
And, unsurprisingly, several of our resident Evertonians were less than impressed with their side’s efforts, one that saw manager Ronald Koeman sacked, but they may well be encouraged by recent quotes from caretaker boss David Unsworth (via The Liverpool Echo) regarding the future of midfielder Ross Barkley.
The 23-year-old came up through the ranks at Goodison Park to earn his senior debut for the club back in 2011, which came in a Premier League defeat at home to Queens Park Rangers.
And the England international has since gone on to make a further 178 appearances for the Toffees in the last six years, but his future at the club has become uncertain in recent times given that he has yet to pen a new deal at Goodison Park, and reportedly came close to moving to Chelsea during the summer.
However, interim manager Unsworth, who will take charge of their Carabao Cup tie at Chelsea on Wednesday, has made his feelings clear with regard to Barkley’s Everton future in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
When asked about the 23-year-old ace, he said: ‘My opinion of Ross is that I would love him to stay. I would absolutely love it.
‘I would love him to be persuaded by myself and the chairman and Farhad (Moshiri) to stay and sign a contract. We shouldn’t be losing players of his quality.
‘He’s a top player who has come through our ranks. We shouldn’t be losing our own players. I feel that very strongly.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident Everton fans, who may look at Barkley as the sort of player who could come into their current side and make a huge difference when he eventually returns from injury.
Landlord’s verdict: It has been a testing few months at Everton, whose poor start to the Premier League season has seen manager Ronald Koeman lose his job.
However, the Dutchman’s departure has raised further questions about the future of Ross Barkley, who has missed the entirety of this season through injury but did look set to leave the club in the summer for Chelsea.
The 23-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer but he has yet to agree new terms at Goodison Park, yet interim boss David Unsworth has made his feelings clear with what he wants to see happen regarding Barkley’s situation.
And given how poor Everton have been so far this season, the Toffees may need him back in the side quickly to end their woeful run of form.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!