Joe Cole has backed Ross Barkley to come good at Chelsea.
Many fans have been left frustrated by Barkley’s antics this season, twice caught on unprofessional behaviour and then failing to deliver on the pitch.
Barkley, even though an England international, has struggled to establish himself at Stamford Bridge. However, just before the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the 26-year-old was really making an impression on Frank Lampard.
“Ross has improved. He is a top player. I’m a big fan of Ross Barkley. Always have been,” Cole told The Star. “He’s been a bit less spoken about because of Jack Grealish and James Maddison and Mason Mount. But he’s done a terrific job at Chelsea.
“The last two games, against Liverpool and Everton, he was brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. I’ve always thought he was a top player and I think he’ll be at Chelsea for many, many years. Now the challenge for Ross is can he keep doing that, can he be that player who drives Chelsea on to win trophies, like his manager was? I think he can.”
Barkley still has a challenge on his hands to tie down a starting spot in the Blues midfield. With Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning from injury and Matteo Kovacic impressing this season, the Englishman will need to be at his best once Premier League football resumes.
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