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Everton should consider dropping Gareth Barry long-term

The Everton midfielder is suspended for the upcoming game against Leicester City, and Everton should consider dropping him permanently.

Everton should consider removing Gareth Barry from the first team in the long-term, not just for his suspension. 

The midfielder has so far failed to replicate the fine form he produced while on loan from Manchester City last year and is now suspended for the upcoming Leicester City game having been sent off against Chelsea. 

It could be suggested that the contract given to the midfielder this summer has meant he hasn’t tried to impress as hard this season, instead accepting that he is now coming to the end of his career.

Having said that though, the midfielder was carrying an injury for much of the earlier parts of the season, but with Everton having lost James McCarthy, they were forced to use a half-fit Barry in his place.

With the former England man now suspended though, it gives Everton the chance to try out a midfielder duo their fans have been crying out for, Muhamed Besic and McCarthy. The young Bosnian has become a firm fan favourite with his robust defensive style, while it is evident that the Republic of Ireland midfielder is key to his side’s successes.

That combination is clearly one that could prove useful for Everton as they look to kick on after a poor first half of the season, which has ended any hopes of adding to last year’s successful first season under Roberto Martinez.

What does that mean for Everton?

While Besic is somewhat of a liability given his ability to pick up yellow cards, he will provide excellent defensive foil to McCarthy, who has often been limited in his chances to push forward given his importance to the defensive side of their game.

However, with the Bosnian sitting deeper, McCarthy can go on the offensive as well, dragging the rest of the Everton side with him, with his endless running power helping to get the Blues on the attack and hopefully stop their current desire to simply pass for the sake of it.

All of that should help getting the ball into forward Romelu Lukaku quicker than is currently happening, and potentially get the Belgian scoring goals once again.

If the partnership proves successful, it could mean the end for Barry, who’s lack of pace and ageing legs, have become somewhat of a liability for the Blues this year. His suspension for the upcoming game against Leicester could have been a blessing in disguise.

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