In Focus: Could be a case of deja vu for Everton star Barkley

Chelsea are planning to swoop for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

The England international ended up staying at Goodison Park following a summer of speculation, but his future remains uncertain.

Both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea were linked with moves for the 23-year-old, but no deal was agreed.

The Mirror claims that the Blues will revive their interest in the midfielder in January during what could be a winter spending spree, despite the recent departure of technical director Michael Emenalo.

The publication adds that Everton are likely to do business in January as they do not want to risk losing him for nothing when his contract expires next summer.

Is he good enough?

There was a time when Barkley was tipped to become one of England’s best players, but over the last few seasons under former Everton boss Ronald Koeman, the midfielder has stagnated.

Inconsistency has been Barkley’s biggest problem and as a result, he has failed to live up to expectation.

The pressure at a club like Everton is heavy, but it will be even weightier at Chelsea or Tottenham, both of whom are title challengers.

Barkley will have to work hard to be first choice at either club, and it may take time considering that he has not played at all this season due to a hamstring injury.

If Chelsea want a player that can hit the ground running, Barkley may not be the answer.