Former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is back in the footballing wilderness if the England manager’s recent comments about the player are anything to go by.
Once thought of as one of the best young prospects in the Premier League, the 24-year-old left Goodison in the January transfer window in a quest to rebuild his faltering career under Antonio Conte.
But he has only managed to carry on where he left off on Merseyside.
A recurrence of a hamstring injury that had blighted him at the Toffees caught up with him once again after three outings for the champions, and he has not been seen since the end of January.
From that point onwards, not a lot has been spoken of the former Everton man.
As quoted in the Liverpool Echo, Southgate gave his thoughts on the England midfielder: “I think Ross has just not been fit.
“So I don’t think he’s available for selection now anyway, so he’s unfortunate in the way that has played out in this year in particular.
“But if he can get back playing and playing regularly I’m sure, post-summer… It’s going to be difficult for him I think to get the number of games he needs now. But we know he’s a talented player.”
But Everton fans were unsympathetic towards their former player after hearing what the national manager had to say about Barkley.
There were even comparisons of the player to Jack Rodwell, who left Goodison Park for Manchester City and is now dwelling at the bottom of the Championship, barely getting an appearance for the Black Cats.
Here is what Everton fans had to say about their former player on social media after hearing the England manager’s comments:
Happens all the time with young English players at Everton, hailed as the 'New Messiah'. First, Jack Rodwell, 2nd, John Stones and now Ross Barkley. Their head's are turned by the bigger club's. The player's themselves believe they are better than they are. No sympathy. NSNO.
— Eug (@Eug_McDaid) March 20, 2018
Fully deserved. Brought it all on himself.
— Dave 'Davoth' Kelly (@davothkelly) March 21, 2018
Everyone but Barkley's agent knew it was going to end https://t.co/P85pQveJvY sympathy whatsoever.
— Brian Banana (@Brian_ban) March 20, 2018
— Mark Williams (@Marco_willo5) March 20, 2018
I literally forgot he still played football.
— Will (@polarisms) March 20, 2018
— Andy Francis (@andy_francis2) March 20, 2018
Won’t be long till he’s back with Davey Moyes at a level that suits his standard.
— Peter C (@peterblue66) March 20, 2018
Jack Rodwell, mark II.
— David Vick (@DavidVick5) March 20, 2018
— Wayne ???? (@1WayneBrown) March 20, 2018
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