Ross Barkley’s attention to detail is boosting his Chelsea career
Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed a positive start to life at Stamford Bridge since his appointment as manager in the summer and a number of players are benefiting from his attacking style of football.
Blues midfielder Ross Barkley is certainly someone who fits into that category and is now pushing hard for a regular starting XI spot.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has scored two goals in his last two consecutive Premier League games, which included a vital last-minute equaliser to salvage a draw against Manchester United.
Barkley has admitted that as soon as Sarri was appointed the new Chelsea manager in the summer he started watching clips of his former side Napoli.
“Once I knew who the manager was coming in I had an interest in the style of play that the manager played under Napoli,” Barkley told BBC Sport.
“During pre-season I’d watch clips and see the patterns of play the manager would like and even the movement.
It’s clear that Barkley’s desire to go the extra mile and study the philosophy of Sarri is paying off.
He has reaped the rewards by getting his stuttering career back on track and he’s now back involved in the senior England team.
Barkley has always been a highly-rated youngster with great technical ability from his time with Everton, but he’s now going past the stage of an inexperienced individual and it seems like Sarri is the perfect mentor to take him to the next step.
The incredible competition for places in the Chelsea midfield will keep all their players on their toes, but right now it’s Barkley who may be standing out as the creative midfielder.