Thursday 18 January 2018

Gareth Barry calls on Toffees faithful to be patient on new signings

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has urged fans to be patient amid growing disquiet over the club's lack of transfer business.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley and forward Gerard Deulofeu are the only acquisitions so far - and they were both signed in June.

Manager Roberto Martinez is keen to sign a number 10 and a centre-back but supporters are growing increasingly discontented with the lack of activity to bolster a squad which finished 11th last season.

Chelsea's intent to continue their pursuit of England centre-back John Stones after having two bids - the last £26million - turned down, has only added to the unrest among supporters.

Everton have spent the least of all Premier League clubs this summer but Barry has asked for fans to remain calm.

"It is just about being patient," he said. "It is always hard to be patient being a fan. You want players joining your club to excite you and give you something different to look at.

"Every club does things differently and that means leaving business till late then that is the way Everton do it. Other clubs have strengthened really well and spent a lot of money so we are up against quality teams but it is about getting momentum and that comes from winning games."

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