Connect with us

English Premier League

Letting Gareth Barry go now looks a wise decision by Everton

The veteran midfielder has had a season to forget since leaving Everton.

Mathew Nash

Published

on

In the summer Everton decided to move on one of their more experienced players after a summer of major recruitment at Goodison Park. In mid-August, Gareth Barry left the club. Everton agreed to sell him to West Brom with Tony Pulis hoping he could replace Darren Fletcher – who had moved to Stoke City.

For some Everton fans, it seemed a mistake. Whilst Barry was no longer a first-team regular and his best years were behind him, he still seemingly had a role to play at Goodison Park.

His experience and leadership qualities were deemed important by many, who felt he could help with the integration of new players whilst also being a role model to the young players coming through the academy. After four years and 155 appearances, watching Barry go, was disappointing to many Evertonians.

Well, one season later, and it appears Everton made the right choice.

To say it has been a difficult season for Barry would be something of an understatement.

(during the Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage Road on December 10, 2016 in Watford, England.

Firstly, there are the performances on the pitch. Barry struggled for form much of the season. He then picked up a knee injury which ruled him out after February and required surgery last month. It meant he played no part in West Brom’s eventually unsuccessful fight against relegation.

But it was also a season which saw his reputation as a role model in the changing room decimated. Barry was one of four senior players at West Brom who, allegedly, stole a taxi during an ill-fated team-bonding trip to Barcelona in February.

At the end of March, the night before a crucial fixture with Burnley and with West Brom slipping toward inevitable relegation, Barry was spotted in a Birmingham nightclub – as reported by the Daily Mail.

Whilst not fit to play, many West Brom fans still found his decision on the eve of a matchday to be in bad taste.

When it was revealed his contract had been automatically renewed for next season after meeting a quota of games played, West Brom fans were fairly unhappy on social media.

Some fans greeted Everton’s decision to let Barry leave in the summer quizzically. But, in a season where Barry broke the Premier League appearance record, his longevity was the only thing to celebrate.

Letting Barry go no longer looks like an error on Everton’s part.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Everton

Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash

Published

on

Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

Continue Reading

Tottenham Hotspur

Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

Published

on

Erik Lamela
Photo: Getty Images

Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

(Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

Continue Reading

Stoke City

Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

Mathew Nash

Published

on

When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2018 The Boot Room.