Chelsea have a new hero under Maurizio Sarri, and his name is Ross Barkley. The Englishman had a very tough first season at Stamford Bridge, but he’s really turned a corner this term.
Despite starting the season behind Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order, Barkley has regained his place in the team and is now arguably Sarri’s first choice in the attacking midfield role in the team.
The Chelsea number 8 has shown real moments of brilliance already this season, and with every passing week, shades of Chelsea icon Frank Lampard are eerily reminiscent in the Englishman.
Comparing him to the Stamford Bridge great is rich praise, but he’s been one of Chelsea’s best players this season, and he’s only getting better.
Indeed, the pair share more than just a position and a number. Judging from his early season form, Barkley is truly turning into the next Frank Lampard – and here are TWO reasons why…
Goals were a key part of Frank Lampard’s arsenal, and Ross Barkley has emerged as a brilliant goalscoring midfielder.
He’s already bagged 3 league goals for the Blues, alongside 3 league assists, and that goes to show just how important he is under Maurizio Sarri.
That’s not a new thing for Barkley, though.
He bagged as many as 8 league goals per season during his time at Everton, and he’s only gotten better since then.
Barkley is on course to get close to or even beat that record already, with goals only becoming more frequent.
Nothing encapsulates the idea of Frank Lampard in a Chelsea shirt more than the big moments that characterised his time in London.
Whether you look back to his title-winning effort back in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, or that wonderful pass to Ramires against Barcelona in the Champions League back in 2012, Lampard was the man for the big occasion.
That has perhaps contributed to his legacy more than anything else.
Now, of course, Ross Barkley has a long way to go until he’s thought of in the same breath – but the signs are already there.
Against Man Utd, he popped up with a last-minute goal to save a point for the Blues, and it was a finish that Frank Lampard would have been proud of.
He’s also popped up with other big moments, like the assist for Alvaro Morata last weekend, that just scream Frank Lampard.
Barkley is well on the way.