Ross Barkley has endured mixed fortunes at Stamford Bridge following a move from boyhood club Everton two-years ago. The move had been mooted for some time before it finally happened for £15m. Many Blues fans thought they’d acquired a bargain, despite the midfielders injury woes.
Barkley found match fitness during the remainder of the season, but still wasn’t the player Chelsea hoped he would be. During his only full season, the highlight of Barkley’s contribution was a very late equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Overall Barkley became a regular fixture in Maurizio Sarri’s team. Making 48-appearances, and scoring five-goals. He contributed two of those on the way to Europa League success, coming off the bench with ten-minutes remaining in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal, in Baku.
This season has seen the Liverpool-born player struggle both on and off the field. A flashpoint leading up to a missed penalty against Valencia set the ball rolling for criticsm from some Blues fans. Off the field nightclub antics, and antics at a taxi-rank, left Barkley fighting for his Stamford Bridge future.
In all fairness, the 26-year-old has figured recently, giving a good account of himself, scoring against Nottingham Forest, and a goal-line clearance against Burnley.
Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Barkley could be reunited with his former Everton manager David Moyes, now manager across London at West Ham. The Scotsman was the man who played a huge part in Barkley’ s career as he progressed from the Everton youth academy.
Fans have had their say on the potential move…
Certainly a mixed reaction from fans of Chelsea, West Ham, and Everton. Barkley has found playing time difficult. A move could be the best outcome for all involved. If he can rediscover his form, West Ham will have a gem on their hands. Chelsea could yet to add to their squad in that area of the field, and there’s also Ruben Loftus-Cheek to return at some point. It’s a win-win situation for both clubs.