Everton should prove they are a bigger club than Tottenham with this emphatic transfer move
COMMENT by Amir Mir
The talk of Everton playmaker Ross Barkley making a summer move from Everton to Tottenham is not going away.
The Daily Mail claim that Spurs are leading the queue to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old this summer.
Under the stewardship of manager Ronald Koeman, the Toffees are heading in the right direction and are on course to compete with the rest of the top six in the coming seasons.
However, selling their star players such as England international Barkley will not help that cause but derail their chances of reaching their ambitious targets.
The Merseyside club should prove that they are a similar, if not bigger club than Tottenham by refusing to enter the negotiating table, slamming down the shutters and not selling their best players to the north London club.
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There is no doubting that Spurs are currently in a much better position than the Toffees, off the field and on the field of play.
However, it has taken a very good manager in Mauricio Pochettino added with a very good crop of young players to help them produce Champions League chasing form.
Koeman’s side are currently on the road to match that model from youngsters such as Tom Davies and Barkley to a top quality goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku – the ingredients are all there.
Therefore, allowing that quality to generate more heat will only increase the club’s chances of being where Spurs are now – keeping Barkley would start that.
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