Tony Cascarino: Everton ace should move abroad, compares to Gareth Bale
By Will Butcher
Tony Cascarino believes Everton’s Ross Barkley would benefit by moving away from the Premier League in the summer.
The Daily Mail claim Tottenham are winning the race to lure the 23-year-old away from Goodison Park, as his future with the Toffees remains in doubt.
Ronald Koeman’s side are yet to tie down their academy product’s long-term future, with only a year left on his current contract at Everton.
A reliable journalist reported that Koeman was set to offer Barkley an ultimatum – sign a new contract or leave in the summer.
However, former-Chelsea man Cascarino claims Barkley should move, comparing him to Gareth Bale who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham and Liam Brady who moved to Juventus from Arsenal.
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“I would love a young British player such as Ross Barkley to take a punt and join a European giant, like my old Ireland team-mate Liam Brady did when he left Arsenal for Juventus at the age of 24,” Cascarino told the Times.
“Barkley would benefit as a person and a player from living in a different culture and playing a different brand of football. I look at Barkley’s situation with his contract at Everton and, even though I doubt he will, I think he should take a leaf out of Brady’s book.
“But look at how Gareth Bale has blossomed at Real Madrid. He was brilliant at Tottenham Hotspur but has gone up a level in Spain.”
Cascarino moved to France during his career after spells with Chelsea, Celtic and Aston Villa, before joining Marseille and Nancy in France’s top flight.
Barkley has had a hand in 14 goals during his 35 league and cup appearances this season, scoring five goals against the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Bournemouth.
It remains to be seen if the England international will remain with Koeman’s side, or if he will jump ship to Tottenham or indeed abroad to another side.