: Effectively the message was 'Koeman doesn't
: care if Barkley stays or is sold for a wedge
: of money', so that doesn't really put Ross
: in the strongest bargaining position. In
: fact, it gives him precisely no leverage
: (and any suggestion that Ross can just sit
: out his contract needs to keep in mind that
: this is a World Cup year and so pitch time
: will be more important to him than ever).
: I think Barkley's simply at the right club,
: at the right point in his career. He doesn't
: stand a chance of playing week in, week out
: at the sides above us, and we're only going
: to improve over the next few seasons. Hard
: to see him being better off elsewhere, other
: than (perhaps) financially.
: He has a lot still to learn, but probably
: has had his best moments under Koeman. He
: might not like the tough love, but he looks
: a lot better for it than how he ended up
: following the soft love he got with
: Martinez. I get the feeling Ross doesn't
: have the thickest of skins tho.
: I guess we'll know this time next week. I
: don't expect Koeman to give him much leeway
: if the deal's not signed by then.