Noel Whelan says Everton could benefit from bringing a re-energised Ross Barkley back to Goodison Park.
TEAMtalk reported last week that the Blues were keen on signing Barkley on loan in January.
This comes as Chelsea consider whether to sanction a mid-season move for the 27-year-old.
Newcastle United were said to be ‘leading the chase’, with Leeds United also in the running.
Barkley, who spent last season at Aston Villa, has made eight appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this term.
Thomas Tuchel selected him in the starting line-up for the draw with Burnley prior to the international break.
Barkley apparently earns £5million a year at Stamford Bridge, which equates to about £95,000 per week.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan said he could envisage Barkley donning the Toffees’ shirt once again.
He’s impressed by the desire Barkley has shown in his outings for Chelsea of late and feels he could rediscover his best form at Everton.
“I think that would be a good signing and I can see it happening,” he said.
“We’re seeing a different Ross Barkley right now to the one we saw at Aston Villa last season – he’s got his mojo back.
“He’s got that hunger; he wants to impress when he comes off the bench at Chelsea – he’s pressing and hustling the opposition really well.
“He’s also capable of getting into that final third and causing teams problems in there, as well.
“I was disappointed with his performances at Aston Villa, he had a real opportunity to make the grade there and step into that Grealish-shaped hole this season.
“He’s not hit the heights of his potential, but he could get back to his best back at Everton.”
Barkley played 179 games in his first spell at Everton, scoring 27 goals and providing 28 assists (via Transfermarkt).
But the manner of exit in January 2018 upset some supporters, and so a return would probably generate a mixed reaction.
Indeed, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine Goodison turning on Barkley fairly quickly if his form dipped.
Perhaps it’s better for both parties to consider that chapter closed.
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