Gareth Barry echoes Leighton Baines' comments about Everton

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The midfielder says the Toffees need to start playing better as a team.

Gareth Barry has echoed Leighton Baines' recent suggestions that Everton need to play better as a team, in comments to the Liverpool Echo.

The Everton defender recently claimed his side needed to improve their chemistry, in comments that he later apologised to his manager for.

His words were not without merit though, as the Blues sit 14th in the table following another dismal Premier League campaign.

Many agree that their current position is far below where they should be competing, and Barry agrees, echoing his teammates comments about needing to play better as a team.

“When you look at our league position, with the players we’ve got, we need to be higher,” the Liverpool Echo reports him saying.

“You can’t argue about that. There is a lot of negativity around at the moment. We don’t want to finish another season in the bottom half of the table.

“We need to make sure we start playing better together as a team.”

With a top-half finish now looking unlikely, Everton’s season will be defined by how they fare in the FA Cup.

They are into the semi-final of that competition, and must wait to discover whether it will be West Ham or Manchester United as their opponents.

Either of those will be a tough test, and failure in that competition is likely to spark serious questions about not only the Everton team, but also the future of manager Roberto Martinez.

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