SARRI-BALL IS READYMADE FOR THIS CHELSEA MIDFIELDER

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Maurizio Sarri’s style of play is readymade for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, according to Martin Keown.

“Maurizio Sarri’s style of play is ready-made for Ross Barkley. He is enjoying the freedom the new manager has given him to attack,” Keown told Daily Mail.

“The 24-year-old is the closest England have come to Gazza in terms of technical ability but at Chelsea we have yet to see his full repertoire.

“Barkley had two excellent chances against Arsenal, firing over the bar in the first half before bursting into the box and having a shot tipped around the post by Petr Cech after the break.

“But while he is proficient with both feet, Barkley hardly used his left on Saturday and seemed reluctant to sprint into the area.

“It felt like he was playing within himself, as if wary that he could suffer a recurrence of the hamstring injury that kept him out for most of last season.

“He was replaced on the hour by Mateo Kovacic but I would urge Sarri to stick with Barkley for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.

“This is a player who needs to gain confidence and become more free in his mind to go and play. Sarri has a special talent and can give him the perfect platform to finally fulfil his potential.”

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