‘Rooney return could mean the end of Ross Barkley’s Everton career’ – Warnock

first_imgNeil Warnock believes Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton may spell the end of Ross Barkley’s career at Goodison Park.Rooney is reportedly nearing a long-awaited move back to Goodison Park from Manchester United on a free transfer.And, with his days as a centre-forward now apparently behind him, Warnock believes the England captain could take Barkley’s place in the Toffees’ midfield.Warnock has voiced his doubts over Barkley’s future at the top level before, having coached the youngster during a loan spell at Leeds United – where he made just four appearances.And the former Premier League manager has told talkSPORT the midfielder lacks the discipline to succeed at a top club and could be pushed out of Everton by boss Ronald Koeman.Asked he reckons the arrival of Rooney means the end of Barkley’s Everton career, Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Yes, I do.“I had Ross at Leeds, and he’s an unbelievably good pro. He comes in first thing and he takes free kicks until it goes dark, he trains all the time.“But as a manager you can’t really find a system you can trust him in.“It’s a really difficult with him, because he still loves to turn and take players on in his own half and often loses it.“He hasn’t got the responsibility in his make-up regarding as and when to do it, he just does it when he feels like it. I don’t think you can change him in that.“I think he’d be a super player for a club like Spurs. I think he could be a top five player…but for a certain manager.“It’ll be a difficult one for the manager who gets him, in how to play him at that level with the responsibility you have to have when you play the top teams.“You have to have that discipline in your game and unfortunately Ross doesn’t have that, but he makes up for it by scoring unbelievable goals.“But I don’t think Koeman has ever been that type of manager who can tolerate somebody who is that ill-disciplined in certain aspects.”last_img

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