Belfast Telegraph

Barkley sets his uncertain future aside to inspire Toffees' triumph

Everton 1-0 Watford

By Staff Reporter

The clock may be ticking for Ross Barkley at Everton but the midfielder's timely intervention ensured a winning end to their season at Goodison Park as Watford were beaten 1-0.

Manager Ronald Koeman has warned the 23-year-old he has until next weekend to tell the club whether he will be signing the contract extension on offer or be sold in the summer.

Whether the situation at his boyhood club is weighing heavy only the player himself can say, but after a nondescript 56 minutes he produced an impressive winner from distance - his fifth Premier League goal of the season, ending a 12-match drought.

If that is Goodison's final memory of Barkley in a blue shirt it will be a fitting one but there would no doubt be greater feelings of loss that one of their most promising academy graduates failed to realise his full potential at his spiritual home.

While there remains another week of speculation about Barkley's future there was also uncertainty over whether the famous old ground has also seen the last of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Premier League's top scorer has two years left on his contract but has told the club he will not sign the extension on offer and he has already been linked with a host of clubs, including a return to former side Chelsea.

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