Ross Barkley signed for Chelsea in the January transfer window for £15m from Everton in 2018. At the time it felt like a low risk signing due to the small fee and that feeling still remains. For the rest of that campaign Ross had very few chances under Antonio Conte as the team went on to win the F.A Cup.

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Maurizio Sarri has given Ross a number of chances this season but it’s difficult to know where Ross is currently in this squad. There’s absolutely no doubt there is a lot of potential in Ross but I wonder if we’ll ever see it on a consistent level.

I have been very honest on my own personal twitter page this year and I’ve been both constructively critical and positive with regards to Ross’ indifferent performances.

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To be fair to Maurizio Sarri he has given Ross opportunities this season and apart from a good spell during the first part of the season unfortunately he hasn’t kept the consistency going. I do however feel he would need a longer run of games in the first team to really show his quality. That has been made more difficult with the great performances from Ruben Loftus-Cheek which now makes it difficult for him to be left out the team.

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Sometimes I feel Ross plays things very safe and makes a safe pass rather than running at defenders or putting through a defence splitting pass. I’m not convinced it’s a confidence issue because Ross’ recent performances for England show a completely different player full of confidence and looking to make things happen. Although Ross has spoken highly of Maurizio Sarri I do wonder despite being given chances his game is restricted in Sarri’s system.

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We already have many defensive minded midfielders at the club and I hope Ross doesn’t turn into one. I personally still feel frustrated watching Ross play as he definitely has more to offer. Who knows, under a different manager he may kick on in the blue of Chelsea and prove his doubters wrong. I really hope he does! A big season ahead for Ross.

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Written By Chris Wright



  1. Cut to 2023, Barkley is 29 and people will still be saying, ‘The Jury is out’. The simple fact is he is not fit for purpose being in the first XI at any side with aspirations of winning the league and possibly even those looking to place top 4.


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