Jamie Carragher raves about 24-year-old Chelsea FC star

The Liverpool FC legend has been impressed with Ross Barkley's performances for Chelsea FC this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC star Ross Barkley Photo: Chelsea FC / Screen grab

Jamie Carragher believes Ross Barkley can be a key creative player for both Chelsea FC and England.

The England international moved to Chelsea FC in a £15m deal from Everton in the January transfer window, after a disappointing spell under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder failed to find the back of the net in the second half of the Premier League season following his switch to Chelsea FC under Antonio Conte.

Barkley, though, has found some decent form since Maurizio Sarri took over the reins from Conte in July and the Italian head coach has implemented an attacking mentality at Stamford Bridge.

The England playmaker opened his account for the west London side in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League before the international break.

The Chelsea FC star has scored one and has made two assists in nine appearances in the Europa League and the Premier League in the current campaign.

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes Barkley needs to find a level of consistency to build upon his impressive start to the campaign.

“I’m pleased for Ross Barkley tonight,” Carragher told Sky Sports after England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

“Even on the back of Croatia – he’s started really well at Chelsea – people were still looking at the Croatia game and saying ‘did he bring enough? Did he do enough?’

“It was a difficult game to play in. He was involved in one of the goals but he also played really well tonight. He’s had an up and down couple of years – criticism leaving Everton, didn’t quite happen at Chelsea, injuries as well… there’s no doubt that lad has got talent.

“If he can put it all together with his decision making going forward, he could be that creative player, that we said on the back of the World Cup, that England still lacked.”

Barkley was a product of the Everton youth academy before the England star broke into the Toffees team under David Moyes in the 2011-12 season.

The Merseyside talent went on to score 27 goals in 179 appearances in all competitions during eight seasons at Goodison Park.

However, Barkley never really realised his talent in the Everton team due to a string of injury problems and off-field distractions.

The Chelsea FC playmaker will be hoping to build upon his positive start to the Premier League season at the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Barkley was part of the Blues squad that eased to a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term after Eden Hazard netted a winner from the penalty spot.

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