Chelsea has loaned out Ross Barkley to Aston Villa.
The English midfielder joined Chelsea from Everton for £15 million in the winter market of 2018. Used sparingly by Conte, he became a regular under Sarri and had plenty of chances under Frank Lampard last season as well.
However, in all that time, despite having a good bit of talent on the ball, he has not developed mentally to become a decent midfielder. He remained too slow with his decision making and one-dimensional in his play.
Chelsea has now brought a temporary end to this by loaning him out for the season to Aston Villa. The Villains have had a hit transfer market this season and adding Barkley will be a good signing for them.
As for Chelsea, the Blues already had too many options in midfield. With Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, the three midfield positions at the club are more than covered and Barkley would not have ideally gotten a peak in.
It is perhaps in hope that he will perform better and develop into a player we can sell for a decent fee because all cards on the table – he is simply not Chelsea material.