Ever since he’s broken onto the scene for Everton, Ross Barkley has been regarded as one of the best young talents in the country.
However, since making his debut against Queens Park Rangers seven years ago, Barkley has failed to live up to his talent. He constantly showed flashes of his immense potential but he was never consistent enough and could never establish himself as the crucial player at the club.
The midfielder fell out with then manager Ronald Koeman towards the end of Everton career and after not signing a new deal to stay at the club, Chelsea signed Barkley for £15 million in January.
After stagnating at Everton for so long, leaving the club in search for a new challenge was exactly what Barkley needed and despite not featuring much last season – making just four appearances – Barkley has already seen much more game time under Maurizio Sarri.
In Sarri’s 4-3-3 system, Barkley has been deployed in a three-man midfield along with Jorginho and or N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, the latter has been playing incredibly well so far in his Chelsea career. Kante’s ability is well known but what Barkley offers, that his other two teammates don’t, is his ability to pick up the ball from any position and drive forward, although he hasn’t shown it too much.
On his day, the former Everton man has all the ability in the world to be a starter for Chelsea and also one of the better midfielders in the league. So far this season, he’s definitely playing at a higher level than he has recently but what he has to do is turn this form from the first seven games into a whole season.
Coming off a game where he set up and scored a goal, it seems as though Barkley is starting to find his feet at Chelsea. If he is to have a chance to fulfil his potential, he has to keep it going or the player, who was once likened to Paul Gascoigne, might just be added to the pile of wasted English talents.
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