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Koeman: Everton attacker must start being more productive

By Emma Sanders

Ronald Koeman says Ross Barkley needs to be more productive for Everton in order to earn more game time.

The attacking midfielder was an unused substitute during Everton’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United as he was once again on the fringes of Koeman’s side.

Injuries to Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie meant Barkley missed an opportunity to come on in midfield and influence the game but it was not the first time this season.

The 23-year-old has often been overlooked by Koeman since the manager took over in the summer and the Dutchman has revealed it is Barkley’s lack of productivity which is keeping him out of the side.

“We know he’s one of the players who needs to bring more productivity. That’s what we talk about when it comes to his situation and his chances to start,” Koeman told the Liverpool Echo.

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“Sometimes it can be a tactical reason or it’s like this that I expect more productivity from Ross Barkley. He needs to accept it.”

Barkley was expected to become one of the club’s biggest stars when he broke onto the scene in 2011 but his lack of game time has also affected his international career.

He is yet to feature for England under Gareth Southgate and he has only played six full Premier League games this season, playing for a total 995 minutes.

In 14 total appearances in all competitions during the 2016-17 campaign so far, he has scored three goals and produced just one assist\ which could be a concern for Koeman.

Last season he scored 12 goals in 49 appearances, including five goals in six games between the end of January and February.

In other Everton news, Koeman admitted the club may have to take this approach in January following injury to Yannick Bolasie.