Drop him: Everton fans demand player is axed on Twitter after Hull draw
By Dominic Toner
Gareth Barry played 66 minutes for Everton against Hull – and the club’s supporters have rallied onTwitter to demand he is dropped from the starting XI.
The 35-year-old was included in the starting line-up on Friday night against relegation threatened Hull, but it was the the underdogs who took the lead through Michael Dawson after six minutes.
An own goal gave Everton an equaliser just before half-time, but a superb Robert Snodgrass free-kick restored the lead for Hull.
Koeman was then forced into a tactical change and he replaced Barry with emerging youngster Tom Davies as Everton went on to rescue a point through Ross Barkley’s header.
Everton fans picked out the performance of midfielder Barry as a concern and feel he should spend some time on the bench, with some identifying Davies as the perfect replacement.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
That has to be the end of Barry and Jagielka starting games now both look finished to me #EFC
— Paul Brown (@PaulBrownEFC) December 30, 2016
Shocking Everton. What a poor poor team, drop Barry and Jagielka next game they're slowing us down. Most frustrating side in this league!
— Morgan (@MorganEFC) December 30, 2016
We have so much more urgency without Barry.
— Ian Caine efc (@cainey1975) December 30, 2016
— jamie pink (@jamospinkos) December 30, 2016
Barry will start on Monday and Davies will be back on the bench, of that I have no doubt ????????????
— efc_jaffa (@efc_jaffa) December 30, 2016
— grant ferguson (@grantferguson27) December 30, 2016
No more Barry, No more jagielka.End of.
— Keith67EFC (@hancox_keith) December 30, 2016
Gareth Barry an jagielka can not start anymore games for us, just can't
— Scott Morris (@ScottMorrisEFC) December 30, 2016
Barry is regarded as one of the most consistent central midfielders in the Premier League era, with long spells at Aston Villa, Manchester City and now Everton.
The veteran is still a crucial part of the the club’s set-up and manager Koeman has shown great faith in him since he arrived at Goodison Park in the summer.
He has made 17 appearances for the Toffees this season and has helped the Merseyside club to seventh in the Premier League table.
However, the midfielder has certainly lost a yard of pace as he reaches the back end of his career and some fans believe his standards have dropped significantly.
Everton host Southampton at Goodison Park on Monday and Koeman will have a big decision to make on who starts in his midfield.
In other Everton news, the club should sign a reported available attacker in January.