ACCORDING to reports, Ross Barkley wants £150,000 a week to join Spurs – more than local hero and talisman Harry Kane.
If that is the case, then the Everton midfielder needs to get real…and get a new agent. He’s doing him no favours.
Yes, Barkley is a talent; yes, he has enormous potential. But he is far from the finished article.
I don’t actually believe that Barkley has declared ‘I’m worth more than Harry Kane’. Which brings me back to the agent.
They turn young players’ heads. They offer them the world. But they are only in it for themselves.
The more bucks for the player; the more dosh in the bank for them.
The Professional Footballers’ Association, through their Player Management department, offers free advice. No strings attached.
It’s all about the player – and all done in his best interests.
A move to Spurs for Barkley is a non-starter. Everton want £50million (Spurs are prepared to offer £15million); whilst the player is, allegedly, demanding £30,000 a week more than Kane.
Ain’t gonna happen. And Barkley needs to reassess the situation, especially having been left at home for the clubs pre-season tour. Koeman is not a man to be messed with.
Please do not turn into the new Joey Barton. You are better than that. But you have to prove it on the field.
And Everton is not a bad place to be. Under Ronald Koeman the Toffees are going places, so get your head down and prove beyond all reasonable doubt….
…that you are a star of the future.
That future should be at Goodison Park, with Everton who provided you with the foundation to build a monumental career.
Maybe have a word with Wayne Rooney. Then again, maybe not.