Sky Sports pundit urges Everton manager to drop Barkley

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Ross Barkley should be dropped from Ronald Koeman’s Everton XI following another disappointing display on the weekend from the Englishman.

The 22-year-old midfielder struggled once again in what has been a tough campaign thus far for him, as Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Goodison Park thanks to a late equaliser from the in-form Christian Benteke.

Everton’s own Belgian powerhouse, Romelu Lukaku, had opened the scoring for the Toffees – who would have gone level on points with Arsenal and into third with a victory – however, the home side could not hold on for what would have been an important win.

Despite Everton’s good form, Barkley has misfired after a bright first two games, and was subsequently omitted from former England manager Sam Allardyce’s only England squad and was also substituted at half-time during the Toffees’ win over Sunderland last month.

While he has since been included in all three games, pundit Nicholas vented his frustration following Everton’s most recent game:

“They (Everton) should have gone on and won, and I was disappointed in Ross Barkley’s performance again.” He told Sky Sports.

Nicholas then added: “I’m a fan of his, but it looks like Sam Allardyce’s decision to leave him out of his first England squad has set him back. It seems he’s not quite recovered and I think Ronald Koeman might be tempted to take him out of the team and make him prove his worth.”

Barkley enjoyed his best ever season in the Premier League last term, scoring eight goals and assisting eight more for his team-mates.