Ross Barkley has had an up and down time at Chelsea since signing a year ago, and he clearly feels there’s more “up” to come.
Speaking on the Chelsea official website, he revealed that he still feels he has a long way to go in his development:
“I feel like in a short space of time I’ve developed really well. I feel as though I can still improve a lot. We’re still getting used to our style of play and it’s about repetition on a daily basis on the training pitch and transforming that into the games. It’s going well at the minute.”
There’s no doubt that all players can get better, and especially improve when it comes to fitting in to a complex system like Sarri’s. Unfortunately, this season he’s basically been trained to lose all his dynamic attacking instincts, and instead just pass it square mostly.
But the issue is that Ross is well into his 20s now, and still looks like a pretty average player when he’s playing for us. Certainly a useful, homegrown squad player, but he really doesn’t look like he’s going to blossom into a Champions League level starter anytime soon.
It’s never too late to get better, but we’re starting to think that if Barkley can still “improve a lot”, it might be time for him to get a move on. Otherwise he risks getting pushed even further in the queue for first team chances.