Everton fans on Twitter have ripped into their former player Ross Barkley for his poor showing as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final encounter.
The 25-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Goodison Park in January 2018 and ended up winning the FA Cup in his first season at the club.
On Tuesday night, Maurizio Sarri opted to start Barkley in the middle of the park as Chelsea looked to gain an advantage against Spurs in a crucial EFL Cup clash at Wembley.
But the England man produced a poor display and was criticised by the supporters of his former club, who think he has not changed since his move to London.
Striker Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game from the spot kick, with Barkley substituted by his manager and replaced by Mataeo Kovacica with 15 minutes left on the clock.
One Everton fan on Twitter claimed that the Chelsea players were trying to 'by pass' Barkley because he is like 'a fish out of water'.
Others just laughed at his performance as Sarri's side will be looking to turn over Spurs' advantage when the duo meet in the reverse fixture later this month.
Over the course of this season, Barkley has played 27 games in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring three goals and providing four assists.
Here are some Everton fans on Twitter reacting to Barkley's display in a Chelsea shirt against Tottenham:
Barkley trying to play football is so entertaining.— Evan (@EvanEFC) January 8, 2019
Even the Chelsea players by pass Barkley looks like a fish out of water he was glad to get off— Roy Pearson (@RoyEFCPeo) January 8, 2019
Barkley hahaha— phillip efc (@PhillipEfc) January 8, 2019
Chelsea fans hating Barkley almost as much as we do is enormously satisfying— Ross (@rossEFC95) January 8, 2019
Do you remember when Ross Barkley had about 2 decent games at the start of the season and was all over the media? Whatever happened to all that!? #EFC— Nick Jones (@nickjones314) January 8, 2019
Imagine being a player with the quality of Hazard and the only midfielder there to create chances for you is Ross Barkley. He needs to move on desperately.— Evan (@EvanEFC) January 8, 2019
I would argue we miss a player of Barkleys type and have done since he got injured. He was the only player in the team who always wanted the ball and always tried to make things happen. He never lived up to his potential but he was v effective— El Pivote (@elpivoteftbl) January 9, 2019
Not always bad, sometimes very good indeed but when his confidence dipped then his performances quickly fell off a cliff. Very brittle, no inner fortitude to draw upon. Poor at decision making. In the end he had no desire to stay and so had to go.— ToffeeDoug (@toffeedoug) January 8, 2019
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