Ronald Koeman Praises Ross Barkley for Winning Goal against Watford
Ronald Koeman says that he is extremely pleased with Ross Barkley’s goal against Watford, which helped Everton end a disappointing run of results with a 1-0 win.
The midfielder scored from a long-range effort to once again illustrate his quality to the team. Prior to the game, the manager had warned the midfielder to sign a new contract or risk the possibility of being sold from Everton. Earlier in the campaign,Barkley was heavily criticised by Ronald Koeman for his failure to transfer his undoubted talent into action performances on the pitch. This criticism seems to have worked well, as Barkleyhas been in excellent form in the second half of the season.
The midfielder has now scored five goals and created nine for his teammates in 35 league appearances. Yet, rumours continue to persist around his future. Only a few years ago, a number of top clubs were ready to take Barkley even for around £35 million.
Now, the player’s inconsistent performances has led to clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea dropping their interest. As a result,Barkley faces the prospect of being sold to a mid-table team or even a club abroad.Barkley has just over 12 months left on his contract, and this leaves Everton in a very poor position.
“Ross, like most of the players, did better in the second half and scored a great goal and that is what you like from players like Ross who have that talent and quality. It is not the time now to talk individually about a player. If you have followed me during this season I think you know the answer.We can continue with questions (on his future) but I have told my story. We will see.The goal was good,” said Koeman, who is aware of the growing interest in top scorer Romelu Lukaku.