We are, and always have been, much harder on our local players than ones who are bought in.
I don't think it's that as fans we're necessarily harder on local lads but as a fan to play for the club it would be a dream and most would run through brick walls and happily leave everything out on the pitch if given the chance.
A lot of Barkley's criticism was aimed at his perceived unwillingness to put in a shift every game and to see someone walk around a pitch and throw in token tackles, for a local lad, was seen by many as unsatisfactory.
I think things have snowballed from there and the idiots now have their well entrenched views and other fans are less willing to give him as much slack, even though he's tried to rectify that fault in his game this season.
He's a good football player and if we would have remained just the 'best of the rest' club it would have been more than acceptable.
Now the bar has been raised though with Moshiri and we have the money to bring in replacements if the current players aren't delivering. This brings a level of scrutiny that all good players should be judged on and if as an attacking midfielder you're not in double figures in both goals and assists every season then your place in the team will be threatened.
This is the new Everton now and it's time to leave sentiment at the door.