Ronald Koeman hopes dropping Ross Barkley for Everton will be wake-up call

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Ronald Koeman has said Ross Barkley’s omission against Manchester City should serve as a wake-up call to the Everton midfielder about the need for more aggression and end product in his game.

Barkley was an unused substitute at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday when Everton held the Premier League leaders to a 1-1 draw. The 22-year-old had appeared in 55 consecutive league games before that but unlike earlier in the season, when Koeman told the England international to raise his game “in all aspects”, the manager took a tactical decision to demote Barkley, with Gerard Deulofeu recalled to support Romelu Lukaku.

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