Villa boss reveals what has pleased him most about Ross Barkley

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has had a massive impact since joining Aston Villa on loan.

The 26-year-old scored two goals in his first two games for the club, including a late winner to seal a 1-0 win against Leicester City.

Villa are currently third in the league, and Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has praised the impact of Barkley, his attitude and also the quality he has added to the team.

“He’s someone I felt we needed,” said Smith ahead of Villa’s match against Southampton this weekend. “I look at the Premier League and you need legs in your midfield area because you’ve got to cover a lot of ground in a game. Ross does that.

“He’s got ambitions to get into the Euro squad at the end of the season. With the quality Chelsea have got they couldn’t guarantee anyone minutes.

“His work ethic and attitude has been tremendous. He brings us that added bit of quality that we needed.”

With Barkley’s current form, he’d surely earn himself a place in the England squad for next summer’s Euro tournament.

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