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As Phil Foden shines Ross Barkley’s Everton departure looks even more baffling

The former Everton wonderkid struggled against England’s new golden boy on Sunday.

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Manchester City won the Community Shield on Sunday, defeating Chelsea 2-0 at Wembley. It was a game which was played against a backdrop of missing players, after World Cup duty had both clubs short of their full complement.

It meant Chelsea fielded Ross Barkley, not a usual starter and City fielded 18-year-old talent, Phil Foden. This could have been a ceremonial passing of the torch between the pair, if Barkley’s time had not passed so long ago.

Foden was impressive throughout. Brilliant in possession and positive in his movement. It was like going back in time and looking at the Barkley that burst onto the Everton scene seven years ago.

Despite an impressive pre-season, he looked lost at times against Manchester City, as Foden continued to run the show.

It was certainly a perfect sign of how much Barkley has dropped off since leaving Everton in January for just £15 million.

Everton felt they had the next Paul Gascoigne in Barkley. However, injuries and form had left him a shadow of his best self toward the end of his time at Goodison Park.

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But Barkley made the wrong move for his career. Chelsea will offer him few opportunities to impress next season. Barkley should either have stayed at Everton, or found himself a home at a similar level if things had become that unbearable at his childhood club.

Foden’s brilliance, compared to Barkley’s frustration, just highlighted that fact.

Everton will still feel they have lost an amazing talent. But Barkley’s decision to head to London continues to look a baffling one.

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Everton round-up: Klaassen on exit, Niasse wanted and Bernard rejected former club

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Klaasen speaks

Davy Klaassen has been speaking about his decision to leave Everton this summer. The Dutchman joined in a big-money move last season from Ajax, with Everton spending £23.6 million on the Dutch giants captain.

However, he struggled to live up to the hype at Goodison Park and moved on to Werder Bremen this summer at a huge financial loss. Speaking to Sport Bild, as relayed by Tribal Football, the Dutch midfielder stated he did not think the move was a step backward and that he has ‘found the right club’ to take him forward.

Niasse wanted

Reports in Turkey are suggesting that Galatasaray want to tempt Oumar Niasse back to Turkish football.

Gunes reports that the Turkish giants want to bring the former Akhisar Belediyespor star to the Super Lig again before the end of the month.

It is reported that Marco Silva has been given the decision-making process on the matter. If he feels there is adequate cover in the striking position, the forward can leave on loan.

(during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Fellow Everton attacker Henry Onyekuru is currently on loan at the Turk Telekom Arena.

Bernard’s rejection

Reports claim that Everton newbie Bernard rejected a chance to join former club Atletico Mineiro this summer.

The Brazilian winger was a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk and had a number of clubs in Europe chasing his signature.

Globo Esporte report that his former club made him an offer, but Bernard decided to test himself in the Premier League instead.

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Phil Jagielka turns 36 this week and his Everton career should be winding down

The veteran Everton defender is no longer cut out for the weekly trials of Premier League football.

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This week has seen Everton decide against appealing the decision to send off Phil Jagielka in the season opener against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club captain let the ball escape him and his lunge on Diogo Jota was deemed worthy of a straight red card.

It means that Jagielka will miss the next three games for Everton. It may also mean the end for the veteran defender.

It has been no secret that the fan favourite’s skills have been diminishing in recent times. For the past three seasons, the former England international has been in steady decline. It is, of course, no surprise. Affectionately known as ‘Jags’ the 11-year Goodison vet turns 36 this week. Considering his injury past, it is little wonder his best days are firmly in the rearview mirror.

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This summer Everton snapped up two new centre-back signings. Both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma arrived on deadline day. One of the pair is likely to replace him for the weekend clash with Southampton. The other should overtake him in the pecking order along with current starter Michael Keane.

Everton should then start considering the future. Talents like Mason Holgate, Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson are not going to get any better without first-team action.

Jagielka is and should always be considered something of a legend at Everton for his magnificent service to the club. But, as his red card against Wolves signified, he is no longer on the pulse at this level.

It should be the beginning of the end for the Everton stalwart.

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Everton round-up: No Jagielka appeal, new duo train and Usmanov investment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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No appeal

Everton will not appeal Phil Jagielka’s red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Everton captain received a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Diogo Jota, which the player protested was extremely harsh.

Everton boss Marco Silva also felt it was the wrong decision.

However, Everton have decided not to appeal the ruling and accept a three-match ban for the veteran defender – starting this weekend v Southampton.

Everton’s new signings Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will now push for a starting spot along with youngster Mason Holgate.

(Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Newbies train

However, Mina has still not trained with the Everton first-team. Today saw Zouma and fellow new signing Bernard take part in their first training sessions for the club.

However, the £28.5 million Colombian missed training at Finch Farm. Fellow newbie Andre Gomes also missed the session as he is out with an injury.

Zouma was all smiles in his first session, whilst Bernard stuck by countryman Richarlison’s side for most of training.

Mina, as reported by the Daily Mail, is expected to train later this week.

Usmanov investment

Alisher Usmanov has admitted he could invest in Everton if the deal is right. The Russian billionaire has recently agreed to the sale of his stake in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke.

His company already sponsors Everton’s Finch Farm training complex and he is very close with Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Speaking to Bloomberg, he admitted he was open to investing in another club, including Everton, if there is a chance of good potential return on his investment.

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