Ronald Koeman backs Youngsters in Squad

Everton’s new manager Ronald Koeman has claimed that he will not think twice about using the youngsters within the squad.

The former Southampton manager was recently appointed as the replacement for Roberto Martinez, who left the club after three years in charge. During this period, the Spaniard performed a vast overhaul of the squad by either buying players are by developing from within the club. The emergence of players like Ross Barkley into the limelight is a perfect example of the good work done by Martinez. There has been a suggestion that the progress made by the youngsters will be brought to a halt by the arrival of a new manager.

Gareth Barry won’t retire now

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry stated that he is not going to retire in the immediate future.

Gareth Barry has currently made 595 appearances in the Premier League and may be interested in equaling or beating the record of Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs, who have made 609 and 632 appearances respectively.

Gareth Barry, who is currently 35-years old, seems very capable of achieving this record given that the player does not appear to be hindered by his age. He made 33 appearances for Everton last season and was named as the Player of the Season for the Toffees.

Despite the struggles of Everton, it’s a historic season for Gareth Barry

A few days ago it was confirmed that Everton had sacked Roberto Martinez from his managerial position in the club and this was mainly due to what has been a mediocre season and after having suffered a recent string of defeats against Norwich City, Sunderland and Leicester City.

Everton now has the task of searching for a new manager and even though the 2015-16 Premier League has been a forgettable one for Everton, it’s a significantly important one for Gareth Barry as he marked his name in the history-books of the top tier English League as he broke the Premier League record of having most starts.

On May 11 of 2016, Everton locked horns with Sunderland and Gareth Barry made his 572nd Premier League start as the veteran midfielder surpassed David James who was holding the record by having 571 starts in the English League.

Gareth Barry to undergo Fitness Test for Upcoming Game

Gareth Barry will undergo a late fitness test in order to determine his participation in the upcoming game against champions Leicester City.

This was expected to be a game of huge significance after Leicester’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United. However, Tottenham’s failure to keep up with the table leaders – after drawing 2-2 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night that meant that Leicester City have sealed the league title without stepping onto the pitch. The game against Everton will see Leicester handed the trophy in front of their own supporters.

Gareth Barry says that Everton should be higher in the table

Gareth Barry says that Everton should be higher in the table for the quality of players that they possess in the squad.

The experienced midfielder has been one of the ever present name in the Everton team this season. He is also joined with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, and John Stones. These are quality players who have performed well on an individual basis. However, Everton have been let down by poor team coordination throughout the campaign. It sees the club struggling to even get into the top of the table let alone finish in the European qualification places.

Roberto Martinez confident on club without Gareth Barry

Roberto Martinez says that he remains confident that the club can cope without the presence of Gareth Barry for the upcoming clash with Arsenal at Goodison Park.

The former Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder has been an enormous presence in the centre of the park for Everton. He has provided the quality and experience required to deal with tight pressure situations. He was a major factor in the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final. Barry was involved in a number of altercations with opposition striker Diego Costa, which resulted in the Spaniard being sent off for a second yellow card.

Gareth Barry has admitted that Everton’s form at Goodison Park

Gareth Barry has admitted that Everton’s form at Goodison Park should improve significantly if they are to rise up the table in the remainder of the season.

The club recently suffered a 1-0 loss against West Brom at home. The result has increased pressure on manager Roberto Martinez, who has been unable to deliver a consistent set of results even after spending vast sums of money in the summer. The acquisition of Romelu Lukaku has proven to be a hit, but the defence needs to be improved a lot as well. The team has especially been poor at home.

Everton have had a lot of success with youngsters

Everton have had a lot of success with youngsters in the last 12 months and this has largely been down to leaders in the group according to defender Seamus Coleman.

The right back has pointed to the leadership skills of Gareth Barry as a major influence on the team. The former Aston Villa midfielder was brought to the club initially on a loan deal, but it was converted into a permanent move in the summer. Despite being 34, he has dominated the centre of the park. Everton may be lying 10th in the table with the season almost approaching Christmas, but there has been a lot of positives.

Roberto Martinez says that his Everton team should be wary of the threat

Roberto Martinez says that his Everton team should be wary of the threat posed by a West Ham ahead of the league encounter between the two teams.

West Ham have been one of the surprise packages of the 2015-16 season after making an incredible start under new manager SlavenBilic. After flirting with relegation during the time of Sam Allardyce, they are now fighting for a top four spot. Six wins from the opening 11 games have taken made them competitors for this position. They have already secured some impressive wins against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Everton have so far been able to resist any advances from Chelsea

Everton have so far been able to resist any advances from Chelsea for the defender John Stones, but the Merseyside outfit are aware that it will be very difficult to keep the player amidst interest from the reigning Premier league champions.

If they are to keep him at Goodison Park, then they would need all the help possible and it has come in the form of Gareth Barry. The former Aston Villa midfielder claims that Stones has the best possible of developing into a great player at Everton rather than at Chelsea where he is likely to be on the bench more often than not.