Redknapp: I was with this Everton player the other day, he will quit the club
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has revealed that he does not expect Ross Barkley to be at Everton beyond next year.
The England international, 23, has come under fire from supporters and his own manager Ronald Koeman this season.
But Barkley has overcome his 2016/17 troubles to establish himself as a key member of Koeman’s side, which were unbeaten for two months in the Premier League until Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham.
Nevertheless, Redknapp is convinced after interviewing Barkley earlier this week that his ambition will prompt him to leave boyhood club Everton in the near future.
“I was with Ross Barkley this week, what I noticed is that there is a lot of self-analysis going on, trying to improve, realising he needs to get better,” Redknapp told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the Merseysiders’ loss at White Hart Lane.
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“He’s got 18 months left on his contract, he’s in a great position, I personally think he’ll move on. I’m not sure he’ll stay at Everton now.”
Barkley has been a mainstay of Koeman’s side for most of this season, apart from a short spell on the substitute’s bench before Christmas.
The 23-year-old has started every game since 30 December and has scored twice and provided three assists in that time.
In 28 matches in all competitions this season, Barkley has weighed in with five goals and six assists.
He played the full 90 minutes of Everton’s defeat to Tottenham, as the visitors came from two goals down to make things nervous for the hosts late on.
Harry Kane’s double had given Spurs a clear advantage but Romelu Lukaku pulled one back before Dele Alli put the home side 3-1 up.
Enner Valencia narrowed the deficit to one goal although Spurs took the three points to keep the title race alive.
In other Everton transfer news, a forward has signed after the club agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.