At a time when most Chelsea fans thought signing a striker would be the major target for the Blues, they have added another midfielder to their ranks in the person of ROSS BARKLEY.
WHY SIGN ANOTHER MIDFIELDER?
Chelsea lost Matic to Manchester United in the last transfer window and they did sign Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater as replacements, spending over 70 million pounds in the process.
Bakayoko has started hitting strides that made him famous in Monaco’s title winning season. He has settled down at Chelsea and has been making great interceptions in matches, going forward and even scoring goals.
Danny Drinkwater has started looking like a Chelsea player proper putting in man of the match performances and tidying up the midfield, scored a wonderful volley against Stoke City in the Premier League, had a decent game against Everton Chelsea’s 2-1 win in the EFL cup.
The 15 million pounds Barkley signing means Chelsea have now spent roughly 100 million pounds on midfielders since selling Matic to Manchester United.
WHAT ROSS BARKLEY BRINGS.
The truth be told, Chelsea’s midfield looks complete especially on paper.
It’s hard to see Barkley fitting in immediately.
However, Barkley brings this to Chelsea
(1) Experience: At just 24, Barkley has played 150 Premier league matches. Only Fabregas in Chelsea’s midfield has played more Premier League games than Barkley. Experience can’t be bought in football. It remains to be seen how Barkley will bring this to the fore especially against the big boys like Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United.
(2) Youthfulness: Conte regarded Barkely as a good prospect for Chelsea. That could signify that the coach sees him as one for the future rather than now. Fabregas is well above 30, Drinkwater is 27 years old. If Fabregas leaves in the nearest future, Chelsea will have players little over 25 years old running their midfield with the exception of Drinkwater. Conte is a coach that loves players that can run and press for the ball, it’s a good omen for Chelsea and Barkley.
BARKELY STATS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE:
150 MATCHES PLAYED:
21 goals scored, 18 assists, 106 tackles made, 204 chances created and 327 take ons completed.
When Chelsea won the League last season, more praises came the way of Conte for winning the league with 3 defenders and for finding a role for Alonso & Victor Moses as wing backs.
Little praise came Conte’s way for Kante’s performances in defensive midfield despite Kante going on to win the PFA player of the year.
Why is this so? Coaches are more defined by players they make.
Kante already won the league with Leicester City the season before and his qualities were well look and appreciated.
Fabregas is a well known world class player, Drinkwater is a league winner, Bakayoko won the French league with Monaco and got to the UCL semi finals.
Little praise will go Conte’s way for the afore mentioned players if Chelsea achieve enviable success in the nearest future.
Barkley is a player that has not been properly moulded and outstandingly effective in a role in midfield.
He is not the best passer of the ball, he is not the most creative and he is not the best with long range shots.
He is still a raw talent at best, he can be fixed as a defensive midfielder or a central midfielder or as an attacking midfielder, this is the perfect age for him to get it going for himself as a footballer.
He has been to the world cup and to the Euros, Chelsea have signed a player with a fantastic prospect. He is not cup tied for the Champions League, and he can contribute a lot to Chelsea’s Premier League challenge and in the cup games as well, at just 15 million pounds, he is certainly a bargain and could just be the missing link to completing Chelsea’s midfield.