Assaulted in a pub, vilified by a reviled columnist and adopted by his boyhood team Ross Barkley is not going to forget the previous week in a rush. The Everton midfielder reacted to a stabbing interval with an powerful show against Burnley as Ronald Koeman's team climbed to fifth with an eighth consecutive home win. Goodison Park, if he didn't realise it before, is Barkley's safety. Everton's manager, Ronald Koeman, isn't convinced Ross Barkley will remain together with the team but isn't worried regarding the scenario. Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City and Ajax's attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen, whom Koeman saw in the Europa League semifinal against Lyon in Amsterdam last week, are two possible goals for Everton. Koeman says the team are seeking players who work in Barkley's standing irrespective of whether the midfielder signs a fresh deal, with his present contract expiring in the summertime. Goalline technology helped the referee, Mark Clattenburg, to make his choice before Jagielka had a second effort from the rebound. The experienced defenseman fete with a cartwheel that illustrated why guys seldom perform them. Everton's season ends with Sunday's Premier League trip to Arsenal and, inquired on Friday whether there was any update on Barkley's future, Koeman said: I do not understand. It's after the match, on Monday. Afterward we'll understand it. Everton have prohibited the Sun from Goodison Park as well as their Finch Farm training ground over the paper's coverage of the city. Alongside was a picture of a gorilla's eyes beneath a closeup of the eyes of Barkley, whose grandfather was born in Nigeria.


MacKenzie, the newspaper's former editor, wrote in his weekly column which he wasn't surprised the midfielder was hit in a club because he was similar to an animal in a zoo. When subsequently asked if he felt certain that Barkley would remain, Koeman said: No, since it's a long time that he's thinking about his future. But I am not stressed because I like to work with players who prefer to remain. And it's not about his choice. We'll go on. We're searching for players in that position. Even if he remains, there'll be more competition for him next season. Whilst we WOn't dignify any journalist using a reply to appalling and indefensible claims, the paper has to understand that any attack on this particular city, either against a much revered community or person, isn't satisfactory. Everton's lead was short lived. A dumb foul by the goalkeeper, Koeman said. Vokes converted without difficulty. Lukaku hit for the ninth consecutive match at Goodison equalling a feat last achieved by the celebrated William Ralph Dixie Dean in 1934 but this was Barkley's day. Along with everyone else in royal blue, he acquired a subdued start against Burnley. Finally, however, this was a resistant reply to a week in which he was hit in a city centre pub as well as the issue of a disgraceful column by Kelvin MacKenzie that resulted in Everton following Liverpool's lead and ban The Sun paper. MacKenzie's slurs were forgotten as Everton and Burnley marked the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster using a minute's applause before kickoff.


Ross Barkley has been told by Ronald Koeman he's a duty to educate Everton whether he means to sign a brand new contract and that the team's offer is non-negotiable. The midfielder has yet to give to his boyhood team despite being in discussions over a brand new deal for months and receiving an ultimatum from Koemanto determine his future by the ending of the season. Everton host Watford on Friday, in what may prove to be Barkley's final appearance for the team at Goodison Park, before stopping the effort at Arsenal weekly on Sunday, but no solution to the standoff is in sight. Burnley had a stage for success but, once Everton stepped up a level, they'd no answer. Leighton Baines's ball into the striker made him the first defenseman in the Premier League to reach assists. Will have just months remaining on his contract this summer and Koeman has really made it clear that Everton will sell the England international rather than let his value to fall. The supervisor has also said the terms offered to Barkley WOn't be enhanced as well as the team are scouting offensive players regardless of whether he perpetrates.