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Barry appeals to fans for patience

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

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has asked Blues to be patient about new additions. There is growing discontent among the fanbase regarding the inactivity of the team in the summer transfer market. Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley were signed early on in June, and fans were expecting to see a host of players brought in to revamp the squad after a disappointing campaign last season. However, that has not transpired and name after name that Everton have been linked with (albeit by the rumour mill) have signed with other clubs, and the Blues are once again shopping in the bargain bin with just over two weeks left to go before the transfer deadline."It is just about being patient," Barry 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.

"It is a great group of lads who really trust each other and we know what we are about and everyone does their jobs.

"If the manager can keep that core of players together and keep them fit we are capable of achieving good things.

"I am sure the manager and chairman [Bill Kenwright] have something up their sleeves to excite fans.""We have tinkered with our preseason in the way we have done stuff and games we have had and generally the lads felt good," he added.

"Overall I think we were disappointed with it [the Watford result] as we were at home and wanted to get three points but at the same time it was the opening weekend and you only have to look at the other results at the weekend to see how difficult it can be.

"It is just important we take things forward and hopefully results will do the talking, as they generally do."

Barry has retained his place in the starting eleven despite looking gassed for most of the second half of last season, and now even with the signing of  Cleverley. One of the biggest criticisms of Roberto Martinez's tenure has been his reliance on Barry, and now it sounds like Martinez is using the midfielder as his spokesman too.