By Harvey Byrne

Rodney Marsh has claimed that Ross Barkley should have left Everton two years ago, when he was one of the brightest young stars around.

Barkley, 22, suffered the humiliation of being subbed at half-time during his team’s 3-0 win against Sunderland on Monday evening.

Ronald Koeman brought the attacking midfielder off with the scoreline at 0-0 and replaced him with Spanish attacker Gerard Deulofeu, who spearheaded a second-half revival capped by a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick.

Former England international Marsh took to his personal Twitter account during the game and made the bold claim that Barkley should have exited the club to progress with his career.

Barkley joined Everton as an 11-year-old in 2005, making his debut six years later in a 1-0 victory against QPR.

During his time at the Toffees he has featured in 145 encounters and been capped by England 22 times.

However, he was recently left out of new manager Sam Allardyce’s squad which faced Slovakia in the most recent international break.

Barkley has started in all five fixtures that Koeman has been in charge for, scoring two goals and providing one assist, but he has under two years left on his current contract.

The Toffees have started the new campaign in impressive form, winning three of their first four matches in the Premier League alongside a draw in their season opener against Tottenham.

In other Everton team news, Jamie Carragher has claimed this player has been the Toffees’ standout operator in every game this season.