Chelsea have pulled a transfer coup by signing Ross Barkley

When the news broke out last summer that England international, Ross Barkley had changed his mind on signing for Chelsea despite having a medical with the Stamford Bridge outfit most fans tried to think about whether the move was right for both parties. Here was a player who was well loved at his club, had the chance to develop by playing regularly.

It was shocking to see Chelsea go for such a player despite boasting the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas, Bakayoko and Kante as their options in the middle of the park. News broke out that the league champions had signed Barkley on a five and a half year deal from Everton on a fee of £15m, which looked like a snip for a player of his quality in the current transfer window.

The former Everton man refused to extend his contract at Goodison Park, and has left the Merseyside outfit as a pantomime villain because Chelsea were ready to pay £35m for his services last summer, before signing him for less than half of that price. He won’t care as he is relishing the prospect of playing for a big club, and wearing the jersey of his childhood hero, Frank Lampard. 

The legendary midfielder arrived at Chelsea in 2001 as a raw 23-year-old with enough Premier League experience, but blossomed at West London, going on to become perhaps the greatest English midfielder of his generation. In Barkley, Chelsea have a player that looks ready to take on that mantle as a different kind of player in the middle of the park. Lampard scored goals for fun, and Barkley also has that ability to consistently pop up in the right areas to help the team.

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has consistently moaned about not been given the players he wants to improve the squad but by getting Barkley, Chelsea may have finally got a perfect replacement for Lampard and fans who want to earn extra money online can put their money on Barkley cutting the mustard at Stamford Bridge.

For £15m, Chelsea have pulled off the transfer coup of the century as aptly put by Manchester United legend, Phil Neville. He’s English, has potential to improve and look like a player that can thrive under Antonio Conte as he’s full of energy and attacking instincts.

He has taken the number 8 jersey at Chelsea, a daunting task given that Lampard wore the number with distinction in his 13 years at the club. He will have to get to full fitness as he has missed the last 7 months due to injury, but when he gets back to grips with his form, he looks like a quality player for the 6-time league champions.

For the amount Chelsea bought him, the spotlight won’t be so focused on what he does. Once he has a pre-season with The Blues next season, he will be hoping to work his way to the Chelsea first team, though it won’t be easy. The boy has the talent, but talent in this game isn’t enough. One must work hard to reach and stay at the top, just like Lampard did. He could learn from his hero, and also wear that number 8 jersey to effect.

Barkley could go on to have a big career, and the whole world would be watching.