Chelsea put in a shift in every department at 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday, but Ross Barkley stood out among the rest.
The Man of the Match may have been awarded to Billy Gilmour for his commanding display in the defensive midfield role. The 18-year-old has been making headlines since his performance against Liverpool and deservedly so.
However, it was Ross Barkley who was the motor of Chelsea attacks against Everton. Not only providing two assists against his former club, Barkley also stepped up his overall game.
Barkley attempted three shots with two of them on target, made six key passes, regained possession eight times, dribbled past opponents seven times (from nine attempted) and produced a 98.3% pass accuracy. Each of them was the highest in each department.
Barkley, Gilmour and Mason Mount really made a good midfield three against Everton.
Gilmour always made himself available to receive passes. Barkley was the creative outlet, making through balls in behind Everton’s defence. Mount was given the licence to roam to get himself into a good position.
This was exactly the player Chelsea were hoping to sign from Everton in 2018 and what he needs now is to find consistency in his games.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard asked the same question about his number eight.
Speaking to the club after FA Cup win over Liverpool on Tuesday, Lampard said: “If he plays like he did against Liverpool and Tottenham, then he’s a big player for this club. I have been pleased to see his recent performances.
“Now can he keep churning them out? I definitely know he has the intention to, and I definitely see that in training and the way he holds himself. I’m happy with Ross.”
Lampard also believes Barkley is capable of becoming the player similar to what he used to be at Chelsea before.
“When you see that you see he’s a really good player for us and can be that goalscoring midfielder, and not only that: he can play, he can run, he can tackle, he can do a lot of things.”