As reported by The Sun, Chelsea’s January signing Ross Barkley is growing frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge since joining from Everton.
Made the switch to London for a reported £15m fee in the last transfer window but has thus far made just four appearances for the Blues, only two of which have come in the Premier League.
Much of his absence was due to a hamstring injury that has plagued most of his season, but he failed to win his place in Antonio Conte’s team even after had recovered.
Now The Sun report that he isn’t happy with the situation and is looking for more action so he can win his place back in the England squad after the World Cup in Russia.
Chelsea obviously didn’t buy the attacking midfielder for a laugh and clearly see some sort of potential in him. Still just 24 years of age, it’s not as if he doesn’t still have a long-term future at the top level, despite 2017/18 being something of a write off for him.
At his best he is a dynamic and powerful midfielder who thrives on effecting the game in the final third and has for years been one of the brightest midfield prospects in the country.
The fact he is at a potential crossroads at Chelsea already doesn’t bode well though and it’s clear he won’t be happy sitting on the bench next season regardless of the manager in charge.
The Blues need to figure out whether they can accommodate him sooner rather than later so he can decide where his future is best served, whether it is at Stamford Bridge or not.