Jamie Redknapp: What I love about Chelsea FC star Ross Barkley
The Liverpool FC legend raves about Ross Barkley after his Chelsea FC equaliser against Man United in a 2-2 draw
Jamie Redknapp has praised Ross Barkley’s performance after the Chelsea FC star netted an injury-time equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
The England playmaker signed off for the international break with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against Southampton at St Mary’s earlier this month.
Barkley earned a lot of plaudits for his role in England’s 3-2 win against Spain in Uefa’s Nations League as the former Everton man completed 76 minutes in the competitive clash.
The 24-year-old would have been disappointed not to secure a starting spot in Maurizio Sarri’s team for the visit of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
However, the Italian head coach turned to Barkley in the second half after Anthony Martial turned the game on its head with two goals following Antonio Rudiger’s opener.
Barkley was alert in the penalty area to score an injury-time equaliser after the England playmaker finished from close range to rescue a point and preserve their unbeaten run.
Former Liverpool FC star Redknapp is a big fan of Barkley’s bravery on the ball as the Chelsea FC star continues to turn a corner at Stamford Bridge.
“What a week it’s been for Ross Barkley,” Redknapp told Daily Mail.
“Five days after playing a key role in England’s thrilling victory over Spain, he came off the bench for Chelsea to rescue a crucial point.
“Barkley may only have been on the pitch for 21 minutes at Stamford Bridge but his confidence levels were sky high after the win in Seville.
“What I love about him is his willingness to run with the ball, go past people and get his team up the pitch. He is Maurizio Sarri’s power player, someone who can supply that moment of magic to turn a match — even if it’s from the bench.”
Redknapp added: “He is looking in better shape than ever. Having a clear summer has allowed him to recover fully from his hamstring injury and return to action super fit.”
Barkley was talked up as one England’s next big prospect after he broke into the Everton team in the 2011-12 season.
Indeed, the Chelsea FC midfielder was initially linked with Manchester United in the early stages of his career after Barkley earned comparisons to Paul Gascoigne.
Barkley produced some of his best performances under current Belgium manager Roberto Martinez during the Spaniard’s spell in charge of the Toffees.
However, playmaker struggled under Martinez’s successor Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce before Barkley moved in a £15m deal to Chelsea FC from Everton.
Barkley has scored two goals in his last two Premier League appearances to build some momentum under Sarri.