Manchester City are understood to be mulling over a £25m bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley as they consider the need to bolster their selection of home grown players.
Two words for you ‘Gnarls’, James, Milner. Six more… Sinclair, Scott, Rodwell, Jack, Johnson, Adam.
The former has been already been credited on these pages as heralding the rise of the professional Englishmen (click here to find out more about this worrying trend).
Meanwhile Rodwell may even be offered back to the Toffees as part of the a potential move for Barkley.
For a young player reliant on the oxygen of minutes to develop his craft, an Etihad switch is career Russian roulette.
Life has many pitfalls, yet arguably none of the following activities would be half as likely to damage the Evertonian’s trajectory as swapping Merseyside for Manchester.
Running for parliament
Barkley MP would have to be prepared to place every element of his private life up for examination in return for the right to represent his people.
However, at least he’d have some work to do.
As a second-class Citizen he’d have to deal with just as much tabloid scrutiny, without any of the power and responsibility, just ask ‘Mr Helen Flanagan’ Sinclair.
A stint on celebrity big brother
Being locked away with nothing much to do but talk to a bunch of self-obsessed, borderline-sociopathic Z-listers is all in a day’s work for your average Premier Leaguer, easy.
Falling into the love grips of a pathological social climber
Kurt Cobain had Courtney Love, David Beckham had Posh Spice and look what happened to them – idols to massive swathes of the population to this very day.
Fair enough the Nirvana star tragically took his own life and Becks had to wear a skirt and play in America, but the Toffees star dating Miley Cyrus might be just the profile push Everton need to justify odds of 13/2 a top-four finish next term.
Lending Colin Hendry money
Bankrupt former Blackburn and Scotland star Hendry was attacked by one-time friend Hector Macfarlane in a Fylde eaterie after being caught living the high life despite being bankrupt and owing the latter £85,000.
Yet if Barkley wound up taking an extended holiday at Her Majesty’s pleasure for his own act of violent retribution at least he’d be a guaranteed starter for the prison team.