With the dismissal of Ronald Koeman as Everton manager a few weeks ago, the situation surrounding Ross Barkley’s future, as The Mail reports, moves further up in the air.
During the summer, it almost became a certainty that Barkley would finally be leaving the Toffees in search of a new challenge. With initial reports claiming the England international had got as far as the Chelsea training ground, undergoing a medical, then backing out at the 11th hour, though subsequent reports rubbished these claims.
Eventually, Barkley himself, side-lined with a hamstring injury since the final day of last season, came out to clarify the confusion, stating he merely wanted to wait until he was fully fit to make any decisions regarding his future.
Since then, and as The Mirror has reported, Barkley has been increasing linked with a move to Chelsea’s London neighbours Spurs, where Daniel Levy is now rather confident of grabbing the Everton midfielder at a discount price, as Barkley is now in the latter months of his contract.
Though with Ronald Koeman’s seat well and truly occupied by new caretaker manager David Unsworth, it has become slightly more likely that the Everton outcast will be back in the fold at Everton.
Unsworth’s praise of Barkley in recent weeks will surely give Barkley some welcome food for thought. Once a player with no place in very Koeman-esque Everton side, now looks to be a player that could be vital if Everton are to achieve any level of success this season.
Though with a club like Spurs doing so well in both domestic and international competitions, it would be hard to see how Barkley could turn down such a move, if of course, the North Londoners were still interested in the midfielder.