Ross Barkley left Everton for Premier League giants Chelsea in January but is yet to really impress at Stamford Bridge.

Ross Barkley certainly caused a stir among Everton supporters this week.

Speaking to The Times, the Chelsea midfielder seemed to hit out at his former coaches at Goodison Park while lauding the impact Maurizio Sarri has made since taking over at Stamford Bridge in the summer.

“I would say Sarri’s philosophy has helped me a lot,” said the 24-year-old, who joined Chelsea in January for £15 million.

“Over the years I haven’t been coached much and I am at an age now where I understand football a lot more and I know how important it is to take the different tactics from different managers on board.

“When I broke into the Everton side under Roberto Martínez, I was playing in the No 10 role and I had never played there before from when I was developing through the academy to the first team.”

Everton fans, however, seem keen to question Barkley’s version of events.

The Liverpool-born midfielder was at his best under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, particularly during that breakthrough 2013/14 season during which the current Belgian manager claimed it would take a world-record fee to prize him away from Merseyside, as reported by The Guardian.

And it is not exactly like he has impressed since walking out on Everton and joining Chelsea. He has shown slight improvements under Sarri but gave the ball away time and time again during the EFL Cup win away at Liverpool last week.

So you can hardly blame Toffees fans for having their say?

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