Everton fans react on Twitter to Ross Barkley performance v Spurs

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley struggled on the wing for Everton this afternoon.

Everton have lost their first game in eight today, defeated by Tottenham Hotspur in a game where unfortunately Roberto Martinez was tactically outclassed by Mauricio Pochettino.

One area where Martinez specifically got it wrong was on the right hand side. There were plenty of poor performances in the game. Sylvain Distin continues to struggle for his best form, Gareth Barry looked very rusty in his return from injury while the usually reliable Leighton Baines did not have his best day at the office. They also desperately missed the robust and mobile James McCarthy in the centre of the midfield.

But the main problem was with Ross Barkley.

His performance was in fact not bad. He showed off some real class touches and cute passes but the idea to play him on the right by Martinez was not a good one.

When Barkley went on loan to Leeds a few seasons back he struggled, as Neil Warnock used him on the right. In the end Warnock sent him back to Everton with his tail between his legs.

Of course Barkley is not entirely to blame, he is not a winger. Seamus Coleman is an excellent attacking full-back but he needs a man ahead of him to play off of. With Barkley and Samuel Eto'o mostly occupying the same space in the middle of the park for much of the game Coleman continually found himself having to go backward and they could not take advantage of Christian Eriksen playing out on the left.

Simply put, Martinez got it wrong today, and it will likely be a long time before we see Barkley on the right once again...

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