Like him or loath him I think this pretty much sums it up:
Joey Barton insists Everton’s failure to replace Romelu Lukaku is ‘outrageous’.
The Belgian striker moved to Manchester United in the summer for a reported fee of £75million, but the Toffees have struggled without their former talisman and have scored just four goals in seven Premier League games so far this season to leave them languishing only two points above the relegation shown.
And Barton claims someone at the club needs to take responsibility for not investing a large part of that transfer cash in a like-for-like replacement.
“How Everton have sold him and not had somebody in the No.9 jersey come in and replace him is just outrageous,” Barton said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“Somebody, somewhere within the club is culpable for that. Do I believe that’s Ronald Koeman? No, I don’t, because he was clearly asked in interviews about what he needed before the window closed and he highlighted that position. I really feel sorry for Koeman because his hands were tied.”
The Dutchman is now the bookies’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, but Barton says he would stick with the former Southampton boss.
He added: “I think Koeman is a good manager and, given time and resources, I think he would get the right blend. And obviously if you’re going to replace him, who would you replace him with?
“I heard noises about Carlo Ancelotti coming in, but what’s he going to do with that side? He still needs a centre-forward, he still needs a centre-half, he’s still got an issue at right-back.
“I wouldn’t take it if I was Ancelotti. You’ve just managed Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich… why would you want the Everton job?”