‘Deserves a start’: Some Chelsea fans want 27-year-old to play v Malmo
Chelsea play Malmo later in the Champions League group stages – and some Blues fans on Twitter claim they would like to see Ross Barkley start the European fixture.
The Blues will play in Sweden this evening in a 5:45pm kick-off.
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge a couple of weeks ago in the first group stage encounter, so are strong favourites to pick up another three points on Tuesday.
The current Premier League leaders have travelled abroad without five key first-team players in N’Golo Kante, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.
Chelsea fans ask for Barkley v Malmo
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are urging Tuchel to pick Barkley later today.
The English attacking midfielder remained in the squad at Stamford Bridge over the summer, something which surprised many after a disappointing loan spell at Aston Villa last year.
He’s only made six first-team appearances so far this campaign. However, he’s featured in three of the last four Premier League games off the bench.
The 27-year-old is starting to force his way into Blues contention and some fans want to see him get just his second start of the season during the trip to Malmo.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Barkley:
Does he have future?
It seems very unlikely that Barkley can become a first teamer at Chelsea for the long-term, albeit stranger things have happened.
It’s great for him to be getting some minutes on the pitch and he’s contributed well with some positive signs he can help the team in an attacking sense.
He may be deserving of an opportunity against Malmo, but you’d expect him to slip back down the pecking order when some of the injury absentees return.
This would be a big game for his Chelsea future if he starts, though.
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