This Is Barkley’s Season, Says Former Blue

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has had a remarkable pre-season for Chelsea as the 25-year-old is proving that he will play a key role for Chelsea this season.

Since signing for the Blues in January 2018, Barkley has struggled to impress in a Chelsea shirt, and he has been far from consistent in his performances.

Barkley’s long-term injury made him look a shadow of himself under Conte, and while he improved under Maurizio Sarri, he was still far from impressive. But the Englishman has been firing on all cylinders under Frank Lampard, and it’s looking like he will have a blast of a season this term.

Former Chelsea Women winger Carney believes this season will be Barkley’s and admitted that the midfielder is looking different under Lampard.

“I think this is his [Barkley’s] season,” she told BBC. “I saw his confidence go under Maurizio Sarri last year. He was a 60-minute man and it is demoralising as a player knowing that when the clock hits 60 minutes you are going off.

“I think Frank will educate Ross to push on.”

Barkley was outstanding in Chelsea’s 5-3 victory over Austrian side RB Salzburg as he scored a goal and assisted two.

Christian Pulisic was set up by Ross Barkley for his first goal, and the 20-year-old revealed after the game that the pass for his goal was perfect, admitting that he wasn’t sure Barkley will be able to give such a pass.

“He’s an easy guy to play with,” Pulisic said about Barkley.

“I wasn’t sure he was going to see that pass for the goal. But he picked me out from, I don’t know how far away it was.

“It was perfect. I kind of received the ball with my face but it was good. We had a good connection.

“I made the run and thought ’please make the pass’ and he did, it was perfect.”

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