Midfielder would add class and steel to Blues' midfield
Rumours continue to swirl that Roberto Martinez is lining up a loan move for Gareth Barry.
And, if I was in charge at Everton and such an opportunity arose, I would take the Manchester City midfielder in a heartbeat.
Barry isn’t in the top class of Champions League performers, but there’s no doubt he is a good player.
He is solid and efficient, and above all he delivers a really consistent level of performance.
Everton’s interest in the player would suggest there are concerns over Darron Gibson’s long-term fitness, which isn’t surprising as it seems the Irishman is somewhat injury prone.
But Martinez’s squad would definitely benefit from the experience and calming influence of Barry in central midfield.
The Spaniard enjoyed a decent start to his reign with a 2-2 draw at Norwich City last weekend.
Ross Barkley took the plaudits, and rightly so given he is starting to realise the potential we have all spoken about for the last two years.
And I was particularly impressed with the display of Seamus Coleman, who continues to show what a bargain he was when being signed from Sligo Rovers.
Players coming over from Ireland into the Premier League have shown themselves willing to work their socks off for the team if a little lacking in technical and tactical ability.
But Coleman has really come on in the last few years, and credit the coaching staff at Everton for that. They have done a fantastic job with him, and he’s not the finished article yet.
Martinez will feel he can improve Coleman because he will pose different questions in different areas of his game.
Going forward Coleman has always been dangerous, but it’s in defence that he has improved enormously. He is a player who is happy in himself, he knows what he is and he knows what is expected.
And I’d imagine he isn’t a moment’s trouble for his manager. In this world over over-inflated, egotistical footballers, Coleman really is a blast from the past.
Everton were unimpressed by the cheeky bid from old manager David Moyes to take Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to Manchester United, but I wouldn’t get too worked up about it.
It was just business.
Moyes couldn’t be expected to do anything else.
He has demonstrated a bit of inside knowledge, but I’m afraid that’s just what happens.