Chelsea player needed to be big fish outside of Chelsea

According to former Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips, Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley needed to escape the “pressure” of life at Chelsea and become a “big fish at Aston Villa”.

Phillips told Football Insider: “I would have taken Ross Barkley all day long.

“He just needed to play football and go somewhere where there is less pressure than Chelsea.

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“Yes, he is now a big fish at Villa but he is a fantastic player.

“To have him and Grealish both on fire in your team, two of the most creative players in the Premier League, is massive.

“Ross Barkley could potentially turn out to be the signing of the season.

“If Villa can persuade him to join them come the end of the season, it would be a massive step in the right direction.”

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