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Everton News, Season 2011-12

Blues look to secure Barkley

03/10/2011 |  18 Comments: First  |  Last
Everton will offer Ross Barkley an improved, long-term contract this December in a bid to keep covetous hands off the 17-year-old and secure his future at Goodison Park.

Barkley signed a 2½-year deal with the Blues last December, the maximum allowed for a player under the age of 18, but he will be eligible to sign a longer-term contract after his next birthday.

Though he has made only three first-team starts, Barkley is the subject of weekly speculation linking him to the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, with one report suggesting a possible £30m transfer fee.

As he was with Jack Rowell, David Moyes has been careful in blooding the youngster and will hope to persuade Barkley that his future lies at Goodison Park.

Original Source: The Guardian


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Paul Holmes
1   Posted 04/10/2011 at 00:02:55

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Start playing him instead of wrapping him up in cotton wool forever! This is the manager who had Rooney on the bench for Everton, when he was starting for England!
Ray Roche
2   Posted 04/10/2011 at 07:59:34

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Paul, spot on. At his age he'll want to be playing football every day.
Liam Reilly
3   Posted 04/10/2011 at 10:05:11

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Definately needs more game time.

Rooney went to United and became an almost ever present in the first team, but rarely started for us.

I understand if Moyes wants to protect the lad's long term future, but the chances are that won't be with Everton anyway, so needs must.
Adam Bennett
4   Posted 04/10/2011 at 10:20:14

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I wish this thing that Moyes always had Rooney on the bench would stop.

In his second and final season with us, he started 26 league games and was on the bench 8 times.

Hardly a case of always being on the bench and never starting is it?
Mike Oates
5   Posted 04/10/2011 at 11:37:20

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Its a difficult situation, clearly the lad is going to be a good maybe great player but as we saw at Blackburn and in other earlier games he's liable to make poor decisions and with the fragility we have in the back 4, those mistakes can lead to chances for the opposition .

We are clearly not going to win games by scoring lots of goals and we need to scrap our way through them and giving the opposition chances aint on Moyes's agenda. Rooney was a forward and any mistakes he made were far higher up the pitch and less likely to cause us trouble but Barkley mistakes in midfield can immediately be catastrophic.

We all know he needs game time to see if he's truly up for it but I cant see Moyes giving him time on the pitch just yet with the likes of Chelsea twice and Man Utd coming up shortly.

There are too many on this site who have rose coloured specs on as regards Barkley, Drenthe, Vellios etc and seem to expect that playing them will suddenly turn our season round - tha's fairy land !

The young lads doing the business at say Man U, Spurs were actually groomed for the Premiership over the last few seasons on loan at the likes of Sunderland, Wigan ,Villa etc , Utd and Spurs didn't take the risks of playing young potentials .
Liam Reilly
6   Posted 04/10/2011 at 11:54:22

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Disagree Mike
If he's good enough, he's old enough. No one is suggesting putting 11 kids into a premier league fixture, but this lad clearly has something about him and the likes of United and Chelsea would seem to agree.

We don't have the luxury of waiting for him to be 22-23 before he reaches potential, because he won't e here then.

Your stats are distorted; don't forget the games he didn't get on in at all.
Liam Reilly
7   Posted 04/10/2011 at 12:07:05

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...and how many times he was substituted.

The fact is, he got a lot more game time for United than he did at Everton.
Robbie Muldoon
8   Posted 04/10/2011 at 12:15:45

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You are missing the point Mike. The point is Barkley is better than the players getting game time ahead of him. Phill Neville never was a midfielder yet he gets a run out ahead of the most talented creative midfielder we have at the club. Yes Barkley will make mistakes and give away possession, but Jagielka does that every game and is rewarded with the captain's armband? Barkley will unlock defences pure and simple. That is a quality severely lacking at the moment.
Fran Mitchell
9   Posted 04/10/2011 at 12:49:13

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Because playing so much never did Jack Wilshire any harm....oh christ he's crocked, just like Fabregas has been for half of the last 4 seasons, and Owen was his entire career etc
Jonathan Tasker
10   Posted 04/10/2011 at 13:14:48

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Bla bla bla.

This will drag on .

He will sign some sort of contract.

Man. Utd will buy him.

Why waste time talking about it?
Ernie Baywood
11   Posted 04/10/2011 at 13:49:46

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No story here is there? When he turns 18 and can sign a long contract, we'll offer him one.

Then it's up to him, and the cunts in the media trying to move him on.
Fran Mitchell
12   Posted 04/10/2011 at 14:17:19

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"Then it's up to him, and the cunts in the media trying to move him on. "

It aint so much that they are trying to move him on, it's just they're trying to fill the pages when there aint anything to fill them with.

'Wonderkid' transfer stories sell papers. That is all.
Drew O'Neall
13   Posted 04/10/2011 at 14:34:21

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Don't be dumb..

Of course Moyes won't play him until he has signed a long term contract.

If other clubs notice him banging goals in every week he'll be tapped up by Xmas and we won't have a shot of signing him on a long term deal.

Some people on here are so naive and ready to slaughter Moyes with no justfication or insight.
John Barnes
14   Posted 04/10/2011 at 19:16:16

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Robbie # 8 has it right. Can Barkley and a couple of others be worse than the "seniors" getting a game? The evidence doesn't suggest so.
Peter Murphy
15   Posted 05/10/2011 at 09:27:06

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I think it's a stick or bust situation, play him too much before the contract is sorted and he has a few more impressive displays, he might not have him at all after January.
Peter Laing
16   Posted 05/10/2011 at 09:54:21

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Get Barkley in the team in his natural position of central midfield. Play him with Fellaini and Rodwell and make these three the axis of a bright new Everton whilst we still have them. We know what Osman et al has to offer in the centre of midfield, its time for Moyes to be creative, inject a bit of optimism, enthusiasm, youthful exuberance or whatever you want to call it. We are unlikely to be challenging for any silverware this season, give the fans a new dimension, play Barkley !
Jimmy Kelly
17   Posted 05/10/2011 at 16:07:04

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From what I've seen Barkley has the potential to go an awully long way in the way, hopefully with us.

He's a long way from the finished article though, and he'll get at least as many opportunities with us this year as he would with any other club at the moment.
Colin Grierson
18   Posted 06/10/2011 at 20:27:19

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If your good enough your old enough. At 18 i believe that physically at least you are a man (some reach physical maturity even younger). It is the other aspects of his develpment that need to be protected. Stage manage any interviews and mentor him carefully so that psycologically he is wrapped in cotton wool but FFS if he is better in his position than anyone else at the club (If Manure and the Russian lot are courting him then he must be) then what good is he sitting and watching the amtch like the rest of us?
If I was him and I wasn't getting a game then I would be more likely to leave than if I was getting a game and gaining adulation from the Everton fans.

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