Barkley In Team Of The Week (16/5/17)
Everton are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Ross Barkley in the one nil victory over over Watford at the weekend at Goodison Park was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.
I think we'll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we'll also not argue with it, selected Barkley as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'How interesting. There have been two performances by Ross Barkley that have stood out for me. His game against Burnley where he was outstanding and at the heart of a superb Everton victory, and against Watford on Friday when he came off 10 minutes from time to a standing ovation. On both occasions, the England international had, for one reason or another, a very difficult week preceding the respective fixtures. The first issue subjected Barkley to tawdry remarks in a national newspaper while the second matter was the ultimatum given to him by his manager Ronald Koeman. Sign your contract or leave seems to be the message. When a manager gives a player an ultimatum like that he better hold all the aces. But in this case, Koeman does not because if the rumours are true and Spurs are interested in Barkley, then the player has the perfect get-out clause. Whatever the outcome of this contractual situation, it is in Barkley's best interests not to wait for bad news to spark him into providing his best performances but to start creating the news himself. That is what the best players do and if he does go to Spurs, which I think is quite possible, he will be expected to do just that.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Barkley for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Swansea City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)