By Danny Wright
Don Hutchsion believes that Ross Barkley has played the “worst poker hand in the world” by not signing a new contract at Everton in order to pursue a move away from Goodison Park.
The Telegraph has reported that Gylfi Sigurdsson is finally on the verge of joining the Toffees as he heads to Merseyside for a medical on Wednesday and according to Hutchison, the Icelandic international is likely to push Barkley out of Ronald Koeman’s first-team.
Tottenham are widely linked with a move for the England international, but the Mirror has recently reported that the Londoners’ pursuit of him has been left in limbo after they have turned their attention to Celta Vigo’s Pape Cheikh Diop.
Hutchsion, who played for Everton between 1998 and 2000, has had good words to say about Everton’s latest piece of transfer business regarding Sigurdsson, but has urged Barkley to get his head down and work hard to prove to Koeman that he can still be a star on Merseyside.
“Gylfi Sigurdsson is an upgrade on Ross Barkley,” said Hutchison on TalkSport, as quoted on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
“I think he’s played the worst poker hand in the world because I don’t see him getting into Man City’s first XI, nor Tottenham’s first XI.
“I just don’t know why he doesn’t just knuckle down and get back into the first team and play well because he has got the talent.”
Everton will be a better team if they replace Ross Barkley with Gylfi Sigurdsson, believes @donhutch4…
— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 16, 2017
Barkley, 23, is a product of the Everton academy and since breaking on to the scene he has earned 179 appearances across all competitions, scoring 27 goals in the process.