Ross Barkley is enjoying his season under Maurizio Sarri, and the 24-year-old has been one of Chelsea’s key players this campaign.
Barkley moved to Chelsea from Everton in January for a fee of £15m, but his first season at the club didn’t go down well.
Barkley is doing well this campaign and has been recalled to the national team by Gareth Southgate for the first time since March 2017.
The 24-year-old got a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton, and Premier League legend Alan Shearer has revealed why the former Everton player is playing well under Sarri.
Shearer believes the new Chelsea boss understands his best position, and that Barkley has improved because he’s playing with better players.
“What’s always been the problem with Ross, besides having from serious injuries, is what’s his best position?” he said on Match of the Day.
“Was it a holding midfield role, sitting in as the 10. The penny might have dropped with him also that he understands the game more now and what’s required of him to be successful in a successful team.
“It seems to be happening but he’s also playing with better players now. It’s no coincidence that he’s showing what people thought he had – he can pick his head up and pick a pass.
“Look at the players he’s playing with. Jorginho. Look at what [N’Golo] Kante did for some of the players at Leicester. He’s bound to shine now and also he looks a lot fitter now than he has done. He’s 24 years of age. He should start now to understand the game more.
“It’s right that he’s got the England call up again. We haven’t exactly been blessed in midfield with players who can get their head up and pick a pass.”