Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is interested in reuniting with David Moyes at West Ham United when his loan spell at Aston Villa comes to an end, as reported by TEAMtalk.
How do we judge Barkley’s season at the Midland giants?
From an outside perspective, things have gone rather well. The England international played a key role in that stunning 7-2 thrashing of Liverpool and, when Aston Villa flirted with Europe in the first half of the season, linked up quite brilliantly with the irrepressible Jack Grealish.
Look a little closer, however, and Barkley’s time in claret and blue has not been quite as impressive as some would have you believe.
In fact, the midfielder has been left out of the starting XI for each of the last seven Premier League games and, at the age of 27, Barkley still makes the sort of naïve mistakes you would associate with an inexperienced youngster.
His decision-making, to put it bluntly, needs work. His work-rate, meanwhile, leaves a lot to be desired.
Maybe a reunion with Moyes, who handed Barkley his debut at Everton a decade ago, could be the key to unlocking his vast potential at long last. TEAMtalk adds that a move to West Ham would appeal to the Liverpool-born play-maker, who will be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer.
Villa have already made it clear that they have little interest in turning a loan spell into a permanent deal that would set them back £40 million (90Min).
Moyes has already rejuvenated one talented but drifting England international in the shape of Jesse Lingard.