Ross Barkley’s last fortnight has been his best run of form in many a time: the 24-year-old scored his first Chelsea goal on 7 October away at Southampton, started England’s two UEFA Nations League matches, and was integral as the Three Lions ran riot in Seville last night.
After enduring a nightmare start to his Chelsea career, has Ross Barkley finally started to justify his Everton departure?
The attacking midfielder signed for the west London club in January 2018, yet made just two league appearances in the following four months after a hamstring injury and a failure to break into Antonio Conte’s first team.
As a result, many derided Barkley’s move to Stamford Bridge, due to the midfielder’s lack of playing time and loss of form. Yet at the outset of the 2018/19 campaign, Barkley was given a new lease of life at Chelsea, starting the first two Premier League matches and playing a role in all but one of club’s domestic fixtures to date.
And with increased club minutes came a call-up from Gareth Southgate— and Barkley truly justified his selection during England’s win against Spain, supplying a sublime chipped through ball that lead to England’s third goal.
Barkley’s confidence, power, and athleticism were on full display on Monday night, and although there were instances of poor decision making, the 24-year-old finally seems to resemble the player that was tipped for greatness just a couple of years ago.
With a successful international break and his much-needed first Chelsea goal, Ross Barkley appears to be on his way to proving his move to Stamford Bridge from Goodison Park was an astute decision.