Frank McAvennie has exclusively told The Transfer Tavern that Ross Barkley’s ability to blow hot and cold would make him a risky signing for the West Ham.
Barkley is currently on loan at Aston Villa for the season, and hit the ground running by scoring spectacular goals against both Liverpool and Leicester.
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But a hamstring injury, combined with a loss of form, has seen the midfielder contribute just one goal since December, with the England man failing to start any of Villa’s last seven Premier League matches.
£96,000-a-week man Barkley is expected to return to parent club Chelsea this summer, although Moyes is a big of the midfielder, with reports suggesting that he could become an option for West Ham should his long-term future lie away from Stamford Bridge.
Moyes was Everton manager when the former Toffee was coming through the ranks, and handed Barkley his Premier League debut back in 2011.
Despite the links, whilst McAvennie recognises Barkley’s ability, he exclusively told The Transfer Tavern that he isn’t convinced by the Liverpudlian:
“The problem with Barkley is he went to Villa and was on fire. He stuck up a wonderful partnership with Grealish and McGinn.
“And then he went off the boil, and if you’ve got a player like that, I’m not sure if you’d want him. You can spend big money on him and he could do great for six games and go back to his old ways.
“There’s no doubt he’s talented, but out of him and Lingard, I would take Lingard all day long in this form.
“I don’t know if you could do with Barkley. They need to stop bringing in players that want to just see out there time because we’ve done that with Wilshere and Andy Carroll.”
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