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Newcastle fans react as Aston Villa complete loan signing of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley

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Newcastle fans react as Aston Villa complete loan signing of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley

Aston Villa surprised many on Wednesday when they confirmed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley in what is seen as somewhat of a coup by the Midlands outfit – and Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter, frustrated.

Barkley, 26, has agreed a loan move to Villa Park – though the move does not include a permanent option. The England international has decided to go on loan with Euro 2021 coming up, and a lack of game time at Chelsea.

The former Everton star was in and out of the side last season, with the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and others preferred in the middle of the park. The signing of Hakim Ziyech has since joined the club from Ajax.

Barkley – who has scored 11 and created 11 during 86 appearances in his time at Chelsea – is now tasked with helping Jack Grealish, John McGinn and co. in avoiding another Premier League relegation scrap come next April and May.

Newcastle, meanwhile, lack goals in midfield. Jonjo Shelvey, Isasc Hayden, the Longstaff brothers, Jeff Hendrick and the Toon’s other options are good midfielders – but they lack a player that will score regularly from deep. Barkley can do that.

The Telegraph claimed back in May, when a takeover was still being talked about, that Barkley could move to Tyneside. Now, with Barkley having moved to Villa, Toon supporters are frustrated on Twitter.

 

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