The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t sure what to make of reports linking the Blues with a move for Ross Barkley…
According to the Liverpool Echo, Chelsea have emerged as genuine contenders for his signature, and to our landlord’s surprise, the Blues in the pub have reacted very negatively to the news.
Indeed, it appears that most supporters are against the idea of a move for Barkley – but our landlord can’t understand why. To the contrary, he thinks that a move for the Englishman could be a stroke of genius from the Blues.
It must be noted that he really struggled last season. Ronald Koeman struggled to get the best out of him, and as a result a lot of supporters have written him off. However, as a teenager, he looked very impressive, and he could still reach that level with regular football. Antonio Conte has a reputation for being fantastic at getting the best out of his players, and Barkley could be a real benefactor of that.
There is also a real need for homegrown talent at Stamford Bridge, and Barkley is one of very few top homegrown players that could be available this summer. He won’t be cheap, that much is certain, but Chelsea would struggle to do better than him if they are keen to upgrade their homegrown quota.
Chelsea fans need to recognise that they didn’t see the best of Ross Barkley last season, and he has a lot more in the locker. On his day, there is nobody better in the Premier League. A move to Chelsea could be just what he needs to reinvigorate his career.
Chelsea fans – thoughts?
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