The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were eager for their side to sign Ross Barkley, and it’s easy to see why…
The Englishman is one of the best young players in the Premier League, and his decision to not sign a new deal at Everton seemed to mean that he would inevitably leave the club this summer.
However, now that the window is closed, Ross Barkley is still an Everton player. What really happened after Chelsea’s reported bid remains unclear, but one thing is certainly worth considering: did Chelsea dodge a bullet by not signing Barkley?
All of his positive points still ring true, and a move would have, perhaps, been good – but there are a host of reasons as to why the Blues did well by avoiding a move.
Firstly, you have to look towards his recent form. Forget potential for a moment: Barkley peaked as a footballer during his late teens and early twenties. Now 23-years-old, if anything he has regressed over the last year or two, and that is a problem.
His current situation also offers reason for concern. His decision not to renew at Everton shows a lack of commitment, whilst the negativity surrounding his seemingly inevitable departure has left a bad taste in the mouths of the fans in the Transfer Tavern. Attitudes can often be the downfall of top young players, and is this another example of that happening?
His fitness issues are also very apparent. He is now set to miss another few months worth of action, which will cap off an injury hit spell for the Englishman. Right now, any time not spent playing is wasted potential – and who is to guarantee that he will come back stronger?
A move for Barkley would have been a risk – and Chelsea should be glad that they avoided it.
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