Ray Wilkins: Rooney arrival spells end for this Everton attacker
By Harry Sykes
Ray Wilkins believes that Wayne Rooney’s arrival at Everton will mean the end of the road for Ross Barkley at Goodison Park.
Talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show (July 6, 6am), Wilkins believes that Rooney’s return to his boyhood club – along with Koeman’s other summer business – will have a knock-on effect on other first-team players.
“I think that having taken Wayne, I can see Ross moving on,” Wilkins said.
“Obviously there’s been a couple of guys brought in in advanced positions and I think he’d move on.”
Wilkins admitted that Barkley and Rooney would make an interesting partnership at Everton, but he doesn’t believe it will get a chance to be tested.
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“Ross hasn’t signed his contract and Koeman doesn’t seem overly concerned so it would appear that he’ll be moving on,” Wilkins added.
Barkley has been at Everton for his whole career, although he has spent two periods out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.
The 23-year-old was given an ultimatum by Ronald Koeman, to either sign a new contract by the end of the season or leave the club.
Barkley didn’t sign the contract, although since then, despite being linked to Tottenham, no formal offers have been made public.
In other Everton team news, Don Hutchison has raved about Koeman’s summer signing and wants this attacker too.