What has changed is his value to the club. A couple of days ago we could have had him off our wage bill and an extra £35m in the kitty for January. Now he's costing a wage until January, when we'll be lucky to get £10-£15m for him. There's also a chance that he could sign a pre-contract in January and sit the rest of his contract out, walking away for fuck all in the summer. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could sign a pre-contract and fuck off abroad. After all, he is a full England international so would probably be attractive to some teams on the continent, especially on a free.
I just don't even consider him as part of the squad now. He's well and truly burned his bridges at Everton and I can't really see any way back for him.
Right, but this was a known quantity if we didn't sell him this summer, or last summer for that matter.
I don't like the situation in the slightest, but my point was that nothing has really changed. Do we really expect a player to go where the club tells him to go? If he didn't want to go to Chelsea as he only thought they wanted him to make up the home grown quota and he'd just sit on the bench I can't really blame him for that.
Maybe he is just a complete arse of a fella and has no love for Everton and just wants to go to a better positioned team in Spurs. Quite possible. If that's what comes out from all this, everyone is right to be up in arms. In that case, what a dick.
Maybe though he was happy here until Koeman started calling him out and dropping him and decided if we're trying to bring in Sigurdsson (even last summer), etc then maybe he thought they clearly don't consider me to be part of their plans so I'll look after myself now. But that shouldn't have to include going wherever we tell him to. If Koeman didn't really fancy him (you can offer a contract and not really want a player, you're just trying to determine sell on price) in that situation what else would any of us do? Why would he care what the club got back for him? Or why should he?
Genuinely, I don't know which of those scenarios is what happened. Maybe it's somewhere in the middle. One area the club is definitely at fault though is letting it get to this point. Much like we shouldn't have let Lukaku go without getting in a replacement, we shouldn't have got to the point of Barkley potentially leaving on a free (well, maybe a tribunal fee?). Amateur again.