Chelsea fans were not impressed with the performance by their team on Sunday when they were held to a 0-0 by West Ham United at the London Stadium. But, the fans are particularly unimpressed with how their midfield operated in the match.
Many of them have criticised the attacking roll that N’Golo Kanté is currently playing, while they also want to see Ross Barkley given a chance in the starting XI.
Barkley replaced Mateo Kovacic in the 78th minute on Sunday and made an immediate impact. The 24-year-old almost broke the deadlock in the 90th minute when he curled a shot from outside the box that looked like it was heading for the bottom left corner, but West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski just about got there to make the save.
Barkley also performed well last Thursday in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League, setting up Willian for the only goal of the match in the sixth minute.
Chelsea face Liverpool twice this week and it could be a good test for Barkley if manager Maurizio Sarri lets him start in one of those matches.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions by Chelsea fans:
Barkley had a good game. Lad is great!
— Adeyinka Michael (@AdeyinkaMicha13) September 23, 2018
Personally, I think Barkley offers more in attack than Kovavic. 4.3.3 is fine. You want to play a Deeplying Playmaker and a B2b Midfielder is okay. But I think Sarri could do with a 4-2-1-3. Playing Kante and Jurghino side by side then Berkley a bit further up. This should work.
— #TheRealEV (@itsevbaby) September 23, 2018
Rotate more man. The players look jaded. Dont play Kante at the position. Bring on Barkley earlier.
— Alvaro (@MorataReloaded) September 23, 2018
Ross barkley great perfomance but only 10 minutes.why?
— rie (@rierock1) September 24, 2018
Ross Barkley has looked excellent since coming on for Chelsea. Hopefully he can start to realise his considerable potential
— Simon Clare (@SiClare) September 23, 2018
Disappointing game today… I still don’t see what all the fuss is about Kovacic. Ross Barkley looked sharp when he came on. Hazard tried to do too much but I can’t blame him. Giroud was disappointing surprisingly. Morata… 😩😩😩 This system does not suit kanté. #cfc
— Mohamed Ndiaye 🇺🇸🇸🇳 (@ElNino_Mohamed) September 23, 2018