Koeman wants more from Barkley

Everton head coach Ronald Koeman has urged midfielder Ross Barkley to step up his performances in order to retain his place in the starting XI.

Barkley has struggled for form this season and was recently dropped from the Dutchman's line-up in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United last Sunday at Goodison Park.

The 23-year-old looked visibly displeased as he failed to make it off the bench and Koeman feels the talented playmaker has failed to warrant a selection.

"If you like to play you need to show that to the manager during the whole week and he is trying to do his best," he told BBC Football. "Sometimes it can be a tactical reason, sometimes I expect more from Ross Barkley.

"He needs to accept it. He needs to show it on the training pitch and that is the best way to give the best answer as to why he doesn't play.

"He is always trying to do his best but it is not always about the mentality of the player, it is about tactics, his movement, his productivity."

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