Steve Watson raves about Ross Barkley's performance, gutted with Newcastle's transfer activity

Ross Barkley

Steve Watson watched Everton take on Newcastle - and was impressed with Ross Barkley's display.

Former Everton and Newcastle ace Steve Watson watched the two teams in action on Wednesday night - and was impressed with what he saw from Ross Barkley.

Everton had been in poor form before the game, but they coasted to a 3-0 victory thanks to an Aaron Lennon strike and two Ross Barkley penalties.

It was the Toffees' first Premier League victory since beating Newcastle 1-0 at St. James' Park on Boxing Day, whilst Newcastle's woes at the bottom of the table continue.

The Magpies, who fielded new signings Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend at Goodison Park, still sit two points adrift of safety as they continue their battle against relegation.

After the game, Steve Watson - who played for both clubs - gave his verdict on the game, stating that he felt Ross Barkley was the best player on the park.

Watson also suggested that he was 'gutted' that Newcastle didn't sign a centre forward other than Seydou Doumbia in January.

Midfielder Barkley is often criticised for blowing hot and cold, and whilst there was a stage of the game where Everton fans were growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of end product, Barkley was a constant thorn in Newcastle's side, and deserves the praise given to him by Watson.

Meanwhile, Newcastle may have landed Doumbia, but it was clear that they still wanted to bring in another forward, as they had a £21m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino rejected, according to BBC Sport.

Watson no doubt means he wanted to see Newcastle sign a proven Premier League striker, rather than take Doumbia on loan until the end of the season - but the Magpies have to hope that the Ivorian star can eventually find the net having been an unused substitute against Everton.

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