Aston Villa picked up a solid 1-0 victory against Arsenal on Saturday. The result means that they sit eighth in the division, however it wasn’t the best performance from Ross Barkley and Stan Collymore believes he is lacking one thing – stamina.
Collymore discusses Barkley
The former footballer was asked to give his views on the attacking midfielder by a Villa fan on social media. Collymore responded and said: “Stamina. At Everton and Chelsea he couldn’t sustain his undoubted quality for anywhere near 90 minutes. Today the same. Had injuries across 3 clubs but if a club is going to pay good £ to keep him, he has to be able to play for longer than a half of football.”
Barkley has some areas he needs to improve
Dean Smith heaped praised on the Englishman earlier this season, saying: “He was obviously a marquee signing for us on loan. He’s been around a club that are perennial winners. He wanted game time and to get into the Euro squad.”
The summer loan signing has had a good campaign as before Saturday’s match he had managed 2.4 shots, two key passes and 1.5 successful dribbles per game (WhoScored). He has also scored three goals and provided one assist.
The stats from the game yesterday show that it was definitely not his best performance as he only managed 41 touches before he was substituted in the 77th minute. He also lost possession 12 times and lost three ground duels and two aerial duels (SofaScore). With the fixture list heavily congested due to Covid, players need to be playing a lot more, and with Barkley already struggling to put in a good performance across 90 minutes, his stamina is definitely an area he needs to improve.
With Barkley being on loan and an outcast at Chelsea before leaving, he needs to sort out this issue if he wants to avoid an uncertain future. If he plays well at Villa, then he could manage to get a permanent transfer to the club and this could be ideal as they are currently battling for Europe – or even secure a place at Chelsea.
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