By Danny Wright
Ronald Koeman has emphatically decided that he will not sell Gareth Barry “just yet”, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that West Brom have been in the hunt for the experienced midfielder, but he will be denied a chance to return to the West Midlands to play for Tony Pulis.
It is also understood that Koeman has taken the decision to axe goalkeeper Joel Robles following the arrival of Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park.
The report adds that La Liga outfit Deportivo are keen on snapping up the Spanish shot-stopper, who has faced criticism for his performances between the sticks in recent years.
Both senior players, Barry, 36, and Robles, 26, did play roles in Koeman’s plans last season as the Toffees secured qualification to the Europa League.
Former Aston Villa and Man City man Barry made 34 appearances across all competitions in 2016/17 and looks like he could be set for more with Koeman’s latest decision
Robles drifted in and out of the Everton first-team as he challenged Maarten Stekelenburg for the No 1 spot, with the Spaniard played 21 times in both the Premier League and FA Cup.
Football Insider Verdict
These are two very good decision from Koeman. Robles clearly isn’t cut out to be the main goalkeeper at Goodison Park following the signing of Pickford, and Stekelenburg gives you a more reliable second choice. A move to La Liga with Deportivo would be good for Robles, who doesn’t want his career to stall any more than it has to if he stays on Merseyside. Barry is definitely a player the Dutch manager should look to keep around. With the amount of new signings, it’s a clever idea to keep the most experienced player on your books to help people settle down and also have an impact in training.
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