It may come as a surprise to some after David Unsworth’s positive comments during his short stint as manager. But, today Sam Allardyce has admitted he expects Barkley to leave Everton.
It’s tough to stomach for most Evertonian’s, knowing that Barkley will walk through the doors of Goodison park in the near future and not return. A tough reality maybe, but ultimately too the realists amongst us it was always coming.
Barkley, 24, has been rumoured to have been offered a contract by the Everton board of between £120k-£140k a week, a contract that has been on the table since the end of last summer. It’s understood that the offer has been pushed back by Barkley and or his agent, who have been seeking to move on from Everton.
Last summer, we witnessed reports that Ross Barkley was at Chelsea for a medical. But, since Barkley has been injured it was eventually thought that a medical could not be completed and Chelsea pulled out of the deal. Since then Barkley has had an operation on a hamstring injury which has had him sidelined up until the past week or so when he finally returned to training.
During Sam Allardyce’s pre- FA Cup derby press conference today, the manager admitted that the club had lost hope in retaining Ross Barkley.
“I think the club were resigned to losing Ross, before I got here.”
Sam Allardyce on Ross Barkley
Allardyce also mentioned what he thought the chances of that stance changing.
“I can’t see that changing. The player has made it clear he doesn’t want another contract.”
Many Evertonian’s will be disappointed with the way in which Barkley is about to leave his boyhood club. The attacking midfielder currently has 4 months left on his current deal, meaning that if he didn’t sign a contract with Everton between now and the end of his deal, he would leave Goodison as a free agent and Everton wouldn’t receive a penny in return.
Having had the opportunity over 12 months ago to sign a new contract and give an opportunity to Everton to earn something back from their youth product, it makes it all the more frustrating to any avid fan of our club.
A whole load of disrespect has come from a player the club have provided so much to since he was a kid.