It’s incredible to believe that in a summer in which Everton spent more money than they ever have, on players who have long term futures with the club and the potential to flourish as top draw talent, that Evertonians would see the end of the transfer window feeling somewhat let down. In the run up to deadline day we had been told on numerous occasions that Koeman was still actively seeking a centre forward and a left sided centre back (something I didn’t know existed before twitter), so fans can be forgiven for being caught up in the hysteria when it became apparent that we weren’t going to land those targets. But I think we need to step back and see the window for what it was, extremely positive. The big deals were done early, and from what I can tell no panic buys. Niasse is a perfect example of why we should be cautious of panicking into buying a player for the sake of it, seen as though he’s seemingly impossible to get rid of. It’s months of decent wages being spent on a player the manager wants nothing to do with.
Speaking of which, we turn our attention to Ross Barkley. Now it wasn’t so long ago that Barkley was the future of not only Everton but the national side. Fast forward to present day and he’s completely fell out of favour at both. For a lot of that spell, Barkley was afforded the time from many Evertonians that couldn’t understand some of the criticism that he was getting because of his inconsistency. For some, simply being a local homegrown talent meant that he deserved more breathing space in order to reach his maximum potential. And maybe they were right, but time waits for no one. Unfortunately for us time is exactly what Barkley is waiting for once again, as he turned down the opportunity to leave Everton, after the club agreed a £35 million pound deal for the midfielder. There’s nothing that would make me happier than to see Barkley become the main man for Everton, but it’s become apparent since Koeman came to the club that it’s not going to happen. Is that the managers fault? I find it hard to lay the blame to a man who’s played at the highest level under some of footballs most legendary figures. If public criticism is what’s lead to Barkley wanting to go, then I just can’t see how he can reach the world class levels we all thought he could. But to be honest, it’s all academic from this point on, because the painfully slow divorce looks like it’s going to roll on until at least January. For a player that in reality owes his professional career to Everton; stuck with him through the hard times even when he suffered a potentially career ending leg break. It’s sad to see him running down his contract for his own personal gain. Goodbye Ross, feels like we hardly knew you and still don’t.