Everton fans react to Koeman's decision to start Barry v Tottenham
By Danny Wright
Everton fans have took to Twitter to express their opinion on Ronald Koeman’s decision to drop Ademola Lookman to accomodate Gareth Barry in his starting line-up.
The 36-year-old is in the starting 11 to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane in what will be his first start in the Premier League game since early February.
Barry’s last start was in the 6-3 victory over Bournemouth when he captained the side.
The former Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder comes in to replace Lookman, who has looked sharp for the clu since signing for the club from Charlton in January.
The 19-year-old scored on his debut for the Merseyside club in the 4-0 thrashing of Manchester City and has since made six appearances for the club, starting the last three.
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Everton supporters were quick to react to the team news as Koeman has seeminly brought in Barry to help his midfield cope with a Tottenham team that has scored goals for fun this season – especially through Harry Kane who has 17 league goals to his name so far.
The fan base seems split on the decision however, although the majority seem to be against Barry’s inclusion and have labelled it as a poor change from Koeman.
Here is a selection of tweets from Everton supporters about Sunday’s team news:
Am a grade A doom merchant but Barry not needed in a month on Sundays with Gueye and Schneiderlin in that team #EFC
— Glenn Fitzpatrick (@glennthefitz) March 5, 2017
Barry playing. Instant loss.
— george (@GeorgeWoodEFC) March 5, 2017
very interesting bringing Barry back in, looks like a solid team though, will be one hell of a midfield battle that, let's go lads!
— $lenderman???? (@EFCMatthew) March 5, 2017
interesting with Barry, I'd have opted for McCarthy personally
— Leigh Holland (@Leighleeboy) March 5, 2017
— JayR (@JayRichoEfc) March 5, 2017
McCarthy > Barry
— Marty (@_Up_TheToffees) March 5, 2017
In other Everton news, Koeman has reportedly personally scouted a goal machine of a Dutch midfielder.