Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has enraged supporters of his former club Everton following comments made about not receiving the appropriate coaching in the past.
Speaking to the Evening Standard and other outlets ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League tie with MOL Vidi, Barkley said: “Over the years I haven’t really been coached much. When you go through the youth system, you’re always going in to do analysis work, you’re looking at every way of improving and your coaches are always on top of you.
“And once you go into the first team it can change, because game to game managers are focusing on weekly results, not player development.”
During his time at Goodison Park, £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Barkley was seen as one of the most promising English footballers in the game and was tipped to make it to the very top.
However, for whatever reason be it a lack of coaching or something completely different altogether, Barkley has failed to live up to his potential and stagnated significantly at Everton.
And while supporters were left frustrated with the manner in which Barkley left the club and his recent comments, it was a transfer that was best for everyone — a transfer that everyone now needs to move on from.
At Chelsea under a coach of Sarri’s calibre, Barkley is getting the tutelage he so desperately craves.
As for Everton, in Andre Gomes once he returns to full fitness, they still have a very technically gifted midfielder who can add a spark to the team in the middle of the park.