190105 Fotboll, FA-Cupen Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Chelsea v Nottingham Forest - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - January 5, 2019 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas shakes hands with Ross Barkley after the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs © BildbyrŒn - COP 7 - SWEDEN ONLY

Chelsea started off the season in fantastic fashion under new boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues were playing bright, high-tempo, attacking football under the Italian boss for the first time in a long time. Many players and fans thought that this would be good for not only the attacking players in Chelsea but also the unused midfielders like Ross Barkley and company.

Barkley was signed last year for a cut price fee because of his lengthy injury. Antonio Conte passed him along as unfit for the majority of the rest of the tournament before finally putting him through on the final day.

He was not impressive but showed glimpses. Over the summer the midfielder kept working on his fitness as he missed the chance to go to the FIFA 2018 World Cup where his national teammates earned international praise for playing good football.

Barkley’s hard-work paid off in the summer and he started the season with Chelsea in ab bright positive way making an instant impact. However, of late, the player’s influence is again diminishing and he is more often found making safe passes rather than create something in midfield.

Barkley has been called out but the player himself wants to keep improving from his position last year and has ignored the calls of him not being good enough.

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