(Reuters) - Ross Barkley’s experience and talent will earn him a spot in the Everton team despite the midfielder being “at loggerheads” with the club and refusing to commit his future to them, manager Sam Allardyce said.
Barkley refused a contract extension before the start of the season and was close to joining champions Chelsea on the final day of the transfer window, but a move to Stamford Bridge did not materialise.
“I wouldn’t have any hesitation about playing Ross Barkley, purely because of his experience and his talent,” Allardyce said ahead of Saturday’s league clash with third-placed Chelsea.
Barkley is in the final year of his contract at the club and likely to consider his future when the January transfer window opens after edging closer to full fitness in a friendly game in training this week.
With Everton playing against West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Manchester United over the festive period, Barkley could get an opportunity to make his first league appearance of the season under Allardyce.
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