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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley had an inconsistent season under Maurizio Sarri, with the Italian playing him on the left of a midfield three.
Barkley showed flashes of his qualities playing in that position but Mateo Kovacic just seemed to be the better midfielder before Ruben Loftus-Cheek made the position his towards the end of the season until he suffered an injury weeks before the Europa League final.
Barkley has played twice under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and in both games, the England international has been played in the No.10 position, just behind the striker.
Barkley impressed in that role in the 4-0 victory over St Patrick’s and was unlucky not to score.
Against Kawasaki Frontale on Friday, Lampard played Barkley for the second 45 minutes in the No.10 position and the England international impressed again.
Playing Barkley in the No.10 position is getting the best out of him and he looked incredibly dangerous when on the ball.
The No.10 position may be the one that sees Chelsea get the very best out of the talented player.
Meanwhile, Barkley recently revealed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was a player he looked up to when growing up.
“He was a player I looked up to when I was growing up, and then I was lucky enough to play with him as well and take tips from him when we were with England together,” Barkley told Chelsea’s official website.
“Now it’s great to have him as manager. He will pass things that used to work for him in games on to us. To have him back is brilliant for the players because of the experiences he has had over his career, and it’s going to be really exciting for the fans as well.”