Frank Lampard has some difficult decisions to make ahead of his first competitive game as Chelsea manager against Manchester United on Sunday, with several players making a push during pre-season to be included in his starting XI.
One of those is Ross Barkley, who has stood out for the Blues during their warm-up matches. In total, he scored four goals and assisted another three, making him the most productive player of the squad from a goal contribution point of view.
Playing in a number ten role just behind the striker and flanked by two wingers appears to have brought the best out of the England international, who has improved even more following his resurgence from last season. The 25-year-old will be hoping he can make a big impact this term.
As will the Chelsea fans, of course, but for now, they seem excited enough about the former Everton midfielder’s performances in pre-season. They have taken to Twitter to rave about the 25-year-old’s current form.
— Franco (@francis_h_anyim) August 3, 2019
We got Ross
I just don’t think you understand
Benched under Sarri
Scoring under Frankie
We got Ross Barkley pic.twitter.com/t6VP363H15
— Śúłłÿ??➿?? (@JackSully91) August 5, 2019
Ross Barkley has been our best player in pre season I don’t know how to feel about it
— GeRude⚜️ (@Tjkxy_) August 4, 2019
Who’s this Ross Barkley guy? New signing?
Looks like a £100m player under Lamps, really do think this is Barkley season. He has really impressed me in our pre season games, definitely should start against Man United. No brainer for me..
— Vintage. (@Vintage_Chels) August 4, 2019
How good was this guy in the Pre Season?
Our Goal Scorers this pre season:- Barkley 4️⃣ Mount 3️⃣ Batshuayi, Giroud, Abraham, Pulisic 2️⃣ Pedro, Emerson, Kenedy 1️⃣ #CFC #ChelseaFC #ChelseaMumbai #BaysideBlues #SupportersClub #KTBFFH #BlueIsTheColour #COYB #TheBlues #Football pic.twitter.com/o2CYaPFfsA
— Chelsea Mumbai – Bayside Blues (@MumbaiChelsea) August 5, 2019
— ????▪️ (@LadyBoss_07) August 4, 2019
Dybala has posters of Barkley on his wall.
— #PreSeason-Daily ? (@EmenaIo) August 3, 2019
Ross Barkley and 10 more https://t.co/VESyh6iTuO
— Aleix Pendered ? (@Alejo_CFC) August 5, 2019