After being left out of the squad travelling to Spain to play Valencia in the Champions League, the English midfielder watched from the stands as we suffered our second home loss in the league under Lampard at the hands of our London rivals West Ham. The former Everton player has worn the Chelsea kit on 9 occasions this season and has contributed just 1 goal, coming against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup.
Few can forget his pre-season form, where he dominated every game he played in, even assisting Pedro for *that* goal against Salzburg. He filled every Chelsea fan’s heart with hope, with many believing that this was finally going to be his season, the saviour of English football, the messiah, the next best player to represent the nation. But, it wasn’t meant to be. He did feature consistently at the beginning of the season, but has since been playing very sparsely. Lampard has seemingly frozen him out of the squad after calling his behaviour “unprofessional” in this week’s press conference. Even so, he is unlikely to get minutes on the pitch once Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness, not even mentioning the great form of Kovacic.
Ross Barkley’s relationship with the fans has always been rocky, since joining us from his hometown club Everton in January 2017. As he was recovering from a long term injury, his debut was delayed. He did not make too many appearances under Antonio Conte, due to the Italian’s system. Maurizio Sarri appeared to have finally unlocked the midfielder, as he had an unforgettable month, scoring three times while assisting another three and excelling when on national duty too. However, his purple patch eventually fizzed out and Loftus-Cheek displaced him from the first team. This season is no different, after having a phenomenal pre-season, he’s arguably below Billy Gilmour in the pecking order.
This once dubbed future sensation will remain a case of what could have been, if he does not up his game and remain professional, which we know is very important under the new regime of Frank Lampard. In my opinion, its time to move on the Liverpool born midfielder in the January window irrespective of our transfer ban being overturned. He was signed for a small figure of 15 million pounds, and we can easily derive a profit out of his sale, with many suitors lining him up to inspire them with his skill-set which we know he possesses. The stellar rise of Mason Mount, coupled with the return of Loftus-Cheek will leave him surplus to requirements, and we should get something for him while we still can.