By Harvey Byrne
Ronald Koeman will hold talks with midfielder Ross Barkley on Tuesday in a bid to help him rediscover his best form.
The Dutch manager hauled the 22-year-old off at half-time in Monday’s match against Sunderland with the scoreline at 0-0 for Spanish attacker Gerard Deulofeu.
The Toffees eventually went on to win the match 3-0 after a hat-trick from forward Romelu Lukaku, but Barkley became one of the big talking points after the game.
Koeman explained why he made the change following the match and also stated that he will hold talks with the England international on Tuesday.
“Because he didn’t show the level I expect,” said Koeman, explaining why he brought Barkley off to the Daily Mail.
“I know it’s always difficult for the manager because he was not selected for the national team and you take the player off after 45 minutes.
“But I had to do something. He lost too many balls. But I will speak to Ross tomorrow and that’s no problem.”
Barkley has started all five matches that Koeman has been in charge for, following his summer move from Southampton.
However, he was left out of the England squad for the most recent World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
After two years on the south coast, Koeman has started his current reign at the Toffees in impressive form, winning three of the opening four league games alongside a draw against Tottenham.
He will be looking to return the Merseysiders to Europe after a disappointing 11th placed finish in the last campaign.
In other Everton team news, Rodney Marsh has claimed that Ross Barkley should have left the Toffees two years ago.