Footage emerged on Monday morning of Everton’s Ross Barkley seemingly getting assaulted in what his lawyers called an “unprovoked attack”.
Following the Toffee’s 4-2 win over Leicester, themselves in a great run of form, the young midfielder went to a Liverpool nightclub with friends. The video shows Barkley being approached by a man before a flurry of punches were thrown, sending the Englishman sprawling.
Jamie Carragher was asked about the incident on Monday Night Football and he gave a characteristically interesting response.
The former Liverpool defender revealed last night that he too had suffered a similar attack when he was Barkley’s age but the most fascinating part of Carra’s verdict is that, in his opinion, the 23-year-old has to change his ways.
“He hasn’t done nothing wrong, looking at the pictures, but, you’re in a situation at the age of 23 and I always think 22, 23 is that age where you’re not a kid no more. I always remember myself at that age because what Ross will do, is what I did after every Everton game, every Liverpool game, you get a good win, you go out with your mates for a drink.
“You can’t do that.”
Carragher was praised throughout his career for being the consummate professional and his work ethic played a large part in allowing him to play for so long at the highest level. He continued:
“There has to be a line in the sand now and Ross has to change.”
Barkley has come under heavy fire this season for underperforming considering his massive potential. Still very much in the shadow of Romelu Lukaku, a man almost certain to leave Goodison Park this summer, next season could be the starlet’s time to shine.