Ross Barkley’s future at Everton is under doubt. Manager Ronald Koeman has said that he wants the attacking midfielder to sign a new contract this mon
Ross Barkley’s future at Everton is under doubt. Manager Ronald Koeman has said that he wants the attacking midfielder to sign a new contract this month, or he could be sold in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and has played quite well in recent weeks. The England international scored five goals and provided eight assists in 32 league starts for the Toffees this past season.
If Barkley does not sign a new deal and Everton do sell him in the summer, then the 23-year-old will not have any problem in finding another club in the Premier League. The Englishman is a supremely talented player who could establish himself as one of the best in the world in the coming years. But which likely destinations could he end up playing at?
West Ham United
West Ham have not looked the same team they were since the departure of Dimitri Payet in the January transfer window. The France international attacking midfielder was arguably the Hammers’ best player last season, and the London outfit have not found a suitable replacement for him yet.
Manuel Lanzini is playing well at the moment, but in Barkley, West Ham would get a player who is potentially world class. The England international is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, and given that he is only 23 years of age, there is room for him to develop and grow. Slaven Bilic is a very good manager, and working with the West Ham boss would only be beneficial for Barkley.
The football betting markets can usually give an indication on overall confidence in a team ahead of the new season, and based on the initial odds, The Hammers, who are 13/8 to end up in the top half next season, will be aiming to have a successful 2017-18 campaign. Barkley could prove to be a key player in the quest. If the London outfit are able to sign a proven goalscorer, then they could even finish in the top seven.
West Bromwich Albion
Leaving Everton for West Brom might be a step down, but Barkley could be an instant star at The Hawthorns. West Brom do not play pretty football under manager Tony Pulis, and it may be worth taking advantage of offers on new sports betting websites, such as 20% cashback, and placing a bet on Pulis’s team to end up in the top half of the table next season as the odds are 7/2.
Barkley, however, could be the player who changes the style of the club. The 23-year-old would be a marquee signing for the Baggies in the summer transfer window; he would also be the leading force in the West Brom attack.
If Barkley joins the Baggies in the summer and is allowed to play his natural game and has clinical finisher in front of him, then he could make West Brom into contenders for a Europa League spot next season. The Englishman could be creative spark that takes Tony Pulis’s side to the next level and make them genuine contenders for the top seven.
Now that Newcastle United have gained automatic promotion to the Premier League, manager Rafael Benitez will surely be looking to make signings in the summer transfer window. Newcastle are one of the biggest clubs in England, and playing in front of around 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park must be tempting for any footballer.
Barkley would be a stunning signing for the Magpies and would instantly make them a force to be reckoned with in terms of pushing for a top-ten finish in the Premier League next season. Benitez is a great tactician, and the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager could make tweaks in Barkley’s game to make a better and more effective attacking midfielder.
The odds of Newcastle getting relegated are 7/2, which suggest that signing a player of Barkley’s talent and experience is going to enhance the Magpies’ chances of escaping the drop. Newcastle need to push forward and establish themselves among England’s elite, and signing Barkley could help them do just that.
Among the other clubs who could benefit from the signing of Barkley are Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. Tottenham have a good squad, but the Everton midfielder would add more dynamism to the midfield and depth to a team who will be playing in the Champions League for the second season in a row. Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s creator-in-chief, but signing Barkley could make the Gunners better and stronger.