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Everton academy product Ross Barkley is now proving his doubters wrong at Chelsea and for England

General view inside the stadium of an Everton banner during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Ross Barkley moved to Chelsea from his boyhood club Everton during the 2018 January transfer window.

Ross Barkley of England celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between Montenegro and England at Podgorica City...

When Ross Barkley decided to move from Everton to fellow Premier League side Chelsea, it is fair to say the noise coming out of Goodison Park wasn't positive towards their academy product. 

As reported by BBC Sport, the London club paid £15 million for the 25-year-old's services in January 2018, with many feeling that he didn't really fulfil his potential on Merseyside. 

Upon Barkley's arrival to Stamford Bridge, he struggled to prove his worth for a team that had recently won the Premier League title and was suffering from a hangover. Despite all the problems under Antonio Conte, they still managed to win the FA Cup. 


The summer arrived and Barkley found himself sitting at home whilst his national teammates produced one of the best performances seen by an England team at a major tournament for many a year.

Barkley could have sulked, but the 100k-a-week Chelsea star [Spotrac] forced his way into Maurizio Sarri's plans and right back into the England set-up. 

Not only is he now part of Gareth Southgate's squad, but he is being picked from the get-go and proving his Everton doubters wrong.

England first team manager, Gareth Southgate attends during the International Friendly match between England and Germany at Vitality Stadium on March 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, England.

On Monday, he netted a brilliant brace for the Three Lions and supplied an assist to help his country to a 5-1 win over Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier. 

It is pretty evident in Barkley's game that he is now beginning to showcase an understanding of what to do and what not to do when on the ball.

His decision making has improved two-fold, he's not trying to constantly make ambitious solo runs and his reading of the game is getting better. 

There is no doubt that the Liverpool-born player still has a long way to go, but he is now fulfilling his talents and will want to add trophies to his name now, for both club and country. 

Ross Barkley of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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