Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has had a chat with Ross Barkley about his future beyond the end of this season, according to a report from EuroSport.
Barkley joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal in the transfer window and has been brilliant. The Englishman has scored three goals and picked up an assist in his eight games for Villa so far. His form has seen him resume his push for a spot in the England squad for this summer’s Euros.
The 26-year-old was seen as one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League. His performances for Everton as a youngster attracted a lot of top-level clubs but Chelsea beat them all to his signature in January 2018.
Sadly, Barkley hasn’t reached the level everyone hoped he would at Stamford Bridge. He has played 86 times for the Blues, with 11 goals and 11 assists.
22 goal involvements in two-and-a-half years is a starkly average record for a player of his quality. However, he is looking like the old Barkley again and Aston Villa are flying thanks to his flourishing interplay with Jack Grealish.
The report claims Lampard has been very impressed by his compatriot’s performances on loan. The Chelsea boss has reportedly told the former Toffees man there will be a place for him at Stamford Bridge if he continues to perform well with Villa this season.
Good news for Barkley, bad news for Villa
That’s great news for Barkley, who has the quality to perform at the highest level. An England spot is enough incentive for him to play at his best, but Lampard’s message of support is bound to push him further.
The report is mixed news for Villa. On the positive side, Barkley will give everything for the club this term, which will help them build on their excellent start to the season.
However, it would also a mean they have no chance of signing him permanently at the end of his loan deal, which would be a shame considering he fits perfectly into Dean Smith’s system.