Aston Villa playmaker Ross Barkley is reportedly going to return to the matchday squad on Boxing Day for the first time since he suffered his injury. Former goalkeeper Paul Robinson has been discussing how positive this latest update is.
What Robinson had to say about Barkley
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “It will be a massive boost to have him back. He has done really, really well this season. I really admire his attitude. He did not want to sit around and not play, he wanted to go out on loan ahead of next summer’s Euros.”
The former goalkeeper also added: “He would not get anywhere near the [England] squad if he was not playing. He has joined a team that has been transformed this year.”
The player is coming back at the ideal time
The Christmas period is known for its heavily congested football fixtures in England. In six days, Villa will be playing Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Therefore, squad depth is key and despite Barkley being unavailable to play against his parent club Chelsea, he could be vital for the other two fixtures.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard praised Barkley in the past as he said: “I am delighted with him and he just needs to keep those levels. There is more to come and his attitude has been first class.”
Before picking up his injury in the match against Brighton, Barkley had managed two goals and one assist so far this season. He had averaged 3.4 shots, three key passes and 2.2 successful dribbles per game (WhoScored).
These stats emphasise the massive attacking threat he possesses. With both him and Jack Grealish on the pitch, opposition defences have to work very hard to contain Villa when they attack.
With the Englishman returning from injury, Dean Smith will be feeling pretty confident that the club can get some positive festive results as they aim to finish in the top half of the division this season.
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