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So, now that Barkley is 18...

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Seems we missed the opportunity to wish Ross Barkley Happy Birthday on Monday 5 December, for that was the day he turned 18.

I remember talk about Moyes holding him back until he could be locked in to a full contract, which appears to have been the case until now, considering the way Moyes has put the lad back under wraps.

But is there any talk of this big contract coming to fruition? I've seen nothing.
Paul Hardcastle, Hoylake     Posted 09/12/2011 at

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Stephen Kenny
1   Posted 09/12/2011 at 15:19:44

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I wonder if Ross will get a chance in midfield with Jack & Leon injured.

I'd love to see Ross playing against Arteta. Sadly I think it may be Neville.
Ian Kearney
2   Posted 09/12/2011 at 17:30:41

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If Neville gets picked in midfield ahead of him, Ross should ask for a transfer. Sadly I also think safety first Dave will pick Neville.
Jay Harris
3   Posted 09/12/2011 at 21:27:07

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Strange you should ask this Paul.

I was thinking about this earlier in the week and wondering when we would get him signed up.

Apparently Rodwell and Osman are out so it gives Ross a good chance to reclaim a first team spot.

Hopefully Drenthe is also fit and we can go there with a positive look to the team.

with Coleman on the other flank and Neville and Felli holding MF we should be able to create chances for Velios or Saha and see potential goals from Coleman,Drenthe or Barkley.

Wishful thinking!!!
Michael Kenrick
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4   Posted 10/12/2011 at 03:06:29

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Ah... according to Moyes (as reported in the Mail):

'He will sign a contract,' Moyes confirmed. 'They are just working on the final, finger details.'

Good news.... but... Finger Details?!?

Is that a typo or does he get to give Moyes the finger when he has to sit on the bench?
Eric Myles
5   Posted 10/12/2011 at 03:18:55

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Stephen, I think you're more likely to see Barkley playing alongside Arteta!
Jay Harris
6   Posted 10/12/2011 at 18:38:47

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Dont see why this couldnt have been sorted out earlier and it been a formality for him to sign as soon as he was 18,

Do they never learn.
Karl Meighan
7   Posted 10/12/2011 at 18:37:16

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Just lost 1-0 and Moyes is happy with the performance and the way the players stuck at it? No goals no points, easily fucking pleased is all i can say.

As for Barkley he must feel like booting Moyes door of its hinges and asking how poor players which is the whole midfield without a ounce of creativity in there whole bodies are worthy of a shirt before him?

We might as well get fucked five nill having a go than defending ok and producing one shot at goal, thats one shot in a hundred and eighty minutes football. How Moyes can insult peoples intelligence by claiming he is happy with these performances is beyond me.

Once again we concede and its goodnight with the only chance of us scoring a goal is a set piece.
Martin Paice
8   Posted 11/12/2011 at 00:17:50

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Living on the south coast I don't get the opportunity of watching the reserves (suffering the first team is bad enough lately), but can anyone give a view on what's happened to Ross?

Bossed a couple of games in the States, played a dodgy pass, then vanished?

If he is the real deal, I'd like to see him play a few games for us before the inevitable happens.

Anyone?

Norman Merrill
9   Posted 11/12/2011 at 09:02:52

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The boy is in good hands with Moyes, it's when he moves on he improves and gets use to playing, not warming a bench.
Ian Smitham
10   Posted 16/12/2011 at 22:00:44

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So, the time has come, he has signed , for the trouble makers, shut the fxxx up and climb back down your fxxxing holes, dissing everything the club does.

I wrote on a thread the other day that JR and MF are the future, and now the one that most want has signed, we have them all on at least 4 year contracts. Fantastic and well done to the club, and anyone who can not see it , then fxxx right off

You may say aggressive, i say passionate, in a positive manner.

It may be that they have secured transfer on values, I hope these three prove to be World beaters, but if not, then at least if someone wants them then the price will be on our terms.

The club made it clear what the intention was and they have delivered. Well done.
Tommy Hesketh
11   Posted 16/12/2011 at 22:20:53

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Ian,

If you have been on a passionate induce coma for the last 14 games, you may not have noticed that we have been shite, regardless of that we signed Ross, for the forseeable we will remain shite unless he and the others are given a chance instead of playing the usual suspects who are Shite/Out of form/or Shite....

Lets judge it after the Norwich game, if were playing 4-5-1, then revert to either 7-3-0 or 4-6-0 then rightly so we are all entitled to our opinions and Moyes deserves the flack or indeed praise if he suddenly decides that were at home playing Norwich and grows a fuckin pair of balls.

I'm not a half empty pint man, but even now I can imagine tomorrows team selection and the words "well Norwich have spent more money than us spoken by either Ian T or Richard D"

But not to end on a negative, yes well done on the Barkley & Donovan deals, now for a striker who can put the white round thingy in the white netty thing and doesn't think his main job is to defend.

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