Ex-Everton defender, Richard Dunne, reckons that Ross Barkley should leave his former club in favour of joining Arsenal or Tottenham.

  • Everton demanding £50m for Barkley
  • Barkley’s scored six Premier League goals this season
  • Dunne reckons Arsenal or Spurs would give him the games he needs to develop further

Dunne, who played for Everton between 1996 – 2000, believes that Barkley having a fresh start at a club like Spurs or Arsenal could help his career develop far better than signing for a team like Manchester City who won’t give him the amount of game time he needs.

“Certainly for Everton they need a bit more freshness in their team and maybe Ross does, in terms of getting a new club, having to earn a place in a team and not have the comforts of being at home and living in his hometown,” the BT Sport pundit told talkSPORT recently.

“Maybe he needs to go out and challenge himself and start trying to progress and get a place back in the England team. Maybe an Arsenal or Tottenham will be better for him [than Manchester City].

“I think Manchester City will try and sign stronger and maybe better players – players who have won things over the years.

“Barkley is certainly going to move to a big club but I don’t think it will be City. I don’t imagine he will get the games he needs.”

Barkley is out of the contract at the end of the season and has therefore been linked with a few teams, including the Gunners. However, Tottenham are said favourites to sign the England midfielder.

The Toffees are said to want £50m for the 23-year-old, which is sum that probably makes Arsene Wenger’s eyes water.

Barkley has scored six and assisted nine in all competitions this season and currently has 22 caps (two goals) for England.