So… the window is closed. Some good faces have come in and a couple I liked have gone.

But one face in particular has caught my attention and it is that of Ross Barkley.

Here is a player I very much like. Don’t get me wrong – he is far from perfect, but the things he lacks can be coached and learnt. You can’t learn a good first touch, a 40-yard pass or how to go past an opponent as if he were an amateur. People will argue that he gives the ball away too much, or that he lacks in “productivity,” but I challenge anyone: for every time you think he’s cost Everton a win, I’ll give you three when he won it for us.

However, I had come to terms with the fact that he would be leaving. It is a shame to see one of your own exit the club – especially when he’s got this kind of ability – but that was the decision all parties seemed to have taken.

So, imagine my surprise when I awoke Friday morning to discover that Ross Barkley was still an Everton player.

Now, this really is an odd situation. Barkley had made it clear he saw his future away from Goodison. Some papers have speculated that he wants a pay increase and some that it’s about Champions League football. The truth is that he would probably like both.

Step up, Antonio Conte!

£30 odd million and the deal is done. A simply ludicrous sum of money for a player with one year left on his contract who is yet to truly prove himself. And yet… se queda!

But why? Isn’t this exactly what he was pushing for? The champions want him and they’re presumably going to chuck a load of cash at him every week for the privilege.

My gut is (and has been all along) that he has never wanted to truly leave Everton. People sometimes forget what is involved in moving to the other end of the country. Footballers may be immune from some of life’s drags, but not all of them. Scared of the change, lad? Maybe…

I have found myself in a similar position to Ross before. I was in a job where I felt underappreciated and undervalued. I gave an ultimatum to my boss and he called me on it. This leaves you with two choices: you can stick to your guns and take whatever comes next, or you can bottle it and get back to work. The latter seems to have won the day on this occasion.

So what does Koeman do now? Are we really going to let him walk away for nothing in twelve months’ time? Here the manager really needs to step up and handle the situation. My belief is that he will sign a contract if he can be convinced that he is truly wanted.

And why shouldn’t we want him? I’ve heard many people say, “Let him go – he’s not that good anyway.” But they’re only thinking short-term. If our aim is to finish in the top six this season, then the likes of Sigurdsson may be our best option. But, if our aim is to win the league in the next ten years (and why not? Just look at Manchester City and Leicester a decade ago…), then I struggle to see how holding onto a good player, still five years off his best, is a bad idea.

Ronald, get him signed up, get him fit and get him on the pitch so we can see him become the player he should be.

Onwards, Evertonians…

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Blue83
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larbert toffee

I remember him bursting onto the scene as a young teen and thought we had a world beater on our hands but he doesn't seem to have developed much at all.

Can blame Martinez for that, Moyes was developing him quite well but still pampered him, Martinez just pampered him and offered no development and it's not surprise since becoming a guaranteed first team starter when Martinez took over his ability seemed to hit a brick wall, when there's no competition and little criticism why bother pushing yourself to be better when you're already the best ?

matty1878
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Sign him up? He's had his contract offer he's swerved us and was going for a medical until he wasn't sure we're he would play for Chelsea. Blue? Loyal?

Sell him in Jan like he wishes and make the turncoat get the niasse treatment.

You had your chance Ross Enjoy chelski or Spurs lovely bench.

killenefc
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Rossssssss Barkley is hissssssssstory

heartscry2286
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Has already agreed to Spurs in January on the cheap.
They have us over a barrel, we nearly palmed him off onto Chelsea but he wants Spurs and refused to go.

He's probably terrified of the ruthlessness of competition for starting places at Chelsea. Given his attitude at times Conte would have him on the bench most weeks. Spurs would give him a bit more leeway and few more cuddles.

captainvindaloo
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Cue David Bowie…. "Ch…ch…ch…changes"

Question: Has he been seriously missed so far this season?

I was really hoping that since he was going this summer, we would at least have swapped him out for a proven striker. Neither happened, and we now have to pay his medical bills and get him match fit for our rivals! This is what bothers me the most and not the loss of "one of ours" (which no longer applies, since he doesn't want to play for us)!
Scared of change? Give me a break!

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