Ross Barkley certainly caused a stir among Everton supporters this week.
Speaking to The Times, the Chelsea midfielder seemed to hit out at his former coaches at Goodison Park while lauding the impact Maurizio Sarri has made since taking over at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
“I would say Sarri’s philosophy has helped me a lot,” said the 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea in January for £15 million.
“Over the years I haven’t been coached much and I am at an age now where I understand football a lot more and I know how important it is to take the different tactics from different managers on board.
“When I broke into the Everton side under Roberto Martínez, I was playing in the No 10 role and I had never played there before from when I was developing through the academy to the first team.”
Everton fans, however, seem keen to question Barkley’s version of events.
The Liverpool-born midfielder was at his best under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, particularly during that breakthrough 2013/14 season during which the current Belgian manager claimed it would take a world-record fee to prize him away from Merseyside, as reported by The Guardian.
And it is not exactly like he has impressed since walking out on Everton and joining Chelsea. He has shown slight improvements under Sarri but gave the ball away time and time again during the EFL Cup win away at Liverpool last week.
So you can hardly blame Toffees fans for having their say?
Ross - your best year (by a mile) was that year Roberto put you as a number 10 (you know, the one you went the World Cup and played every game in 2014?).— David Thompson (@David180000) October 3, 2018
Now your hated by your own fans and can't get a full game. Stop blaming other people you rat
Why didn't he say something about it to the coaches while still at Everton ?— Markmulv (@MarkMulv) October 5, 2018
Just maybe it's because he had a bad relationship with koeman that he didn't want to listen or take much notice, as bad as it went for koeman if someone who played the game at his level like he did is trying to help you then it should be grabbed with both hands!— Pete Edwards (@PeteEds78) October 5, 2018
I see Barkley has been rested tonight after his busy start to the season and is on the bench— EFC Mour (@EFCmour1878) October 4, 2018
Ross Barkley has made more appearances for Chelsea, than he’s got brain cells, the little potato!— Lee • • (@Lee__EFC) October 3, 2018
From the sort of horrific teenage injury that would have seen players at other clubs (Chelsea, perhaps?) left on the scrapheap, Barkley was nurtured, rehabilitated & then coached to the verge of being a top player by EFC.— James Corbett (@james_corbett) October 3, 2018
Pity he scuttled away before he realised his potential https://t.co/rDoVksMOZn
There is an academy wall in the liver buildings featuring photos of all Efc players who have come through the academy, Jeffers, Osman, Hibbert, Rooney etc, Barkley is nowhere to be seen, he stole £20m from us and treated us with contempt— Dave Taylor (@davetaylor62) October 3, 2018
Yep, he’s taking them tactics on board in all those ten minute cameos he’s getting. Like the assist he got in Chelsea’s last League game. Shame it wasn’t for the team he plays for like, but still. Baby steps and all that. @RBarkley8— Grab68 (@Grab68) October 3, 2018
If your good enough raw talent and progressive talent will shine through ,— stephen smith (@60grand60grand) October 3, 2018
I state good enough which you are not never have been never will be ,apart from the odd cameo you haven’t progressed ,,
Your too weak , give the ball away far too much and are overweight @RBarkley8
After watching him repeatedly giving the ball away last week, I'd say he needs a tad more coaching.— Bluescepticrealist (@scepticrealist) October 3, 2018
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