BARKLEY CAN BE BETTER THAN DELE ALLI AND LINGARD, SAYS CHELSEA LEGEND

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Ross Barkley has been in great form for Chelsea, and the 24-year-old’s form has even improved over the last couple of weeks.

Barkley who joined Chelsea in January for a bargain fee of £15m has proven to be a revelation under Maurizio Sarri.

Barkley scored Chelsea’s last-gasp equaliser against Manchester United and scored a goal and provided an assist in a man of the match performance against Burnley on Sunday.

Barkley was recently recalled to the England national team after a year’s absence, and former England defender Jamie Carragher believes the Chelsea midfielder can even usurp the likes of Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “This lad has got to become mentally stronger.

“But in terms of ability, you think of the players who played in that position in the World Cup – Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard – and maybe you could argue they are better mentally but they are not better ability wise.

“If he becomes better mentally – as you would expect playing for a big team and achieving big things – I think he could become a must for the England team.

“He was really good for Everton but towards the end of his time there his decision-making wasn’t great.

“He dribbled when he should have passed, he passed when he should have dribbled, and the crowd got on his back and he found it difficult at times.

“Maybe it was the pressure of being the main man at Everton to create something.

“I think that was where he was losing the ball at Everton. Now he is making better decisions.”

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