Andy Townsend sends Chelsea transfer warning to Ross Barkley: Learn from 27-year-old’s struggles
The former Chelsea defender believes Ross Barkley could struggle to get into the Blues team
Andy Townsend has urged Ross Barley to view Danny Drinkwater’s struggles at Chelsea as a warning sign.
The Everton midfielder was heavily linked with a move to the defending Premier League champions in the summer transfer window.
Barkley passed a medical at the west London club before the attacking midfielder had a change of heart and opted to remain at Everton.
The 23-year-old hasn’t agreed a new deal with the Toffees and Barkley has less than seven months remaining on his current contract.
Drinkwater was one of six summer signings at the English title holders following a £35m switch from Leicester City on transfer deadline day.
The England international has made two starts and five substitute in the Premier League this term to find his playing time limited.
Former Chelsea defender Townsend warned Barkley about his touted move to Stamford Bridge.
“Where he wants to go, he wants to be a significant player,” Townsend told Sky Sports.
“Drinkwater went to Chelsea and left Leicester. He is a wealthier man and good luck to him.
“In terms of his football wealth, the answer might be no.”
Barkley hasn’t featured in the Premier League this season due to a serious hamstring problem.
Everton has since appointed Sam Allardyce as Ronald Koeman’s successor following a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign.
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