Despite having a tough last 18 months, Ross Barkley’s career looks back on track.
He suffered a terrible hamstring injury at Everton which meant he saw limited playing time after joining Chelsea in January 2018.
But after a successful preseason under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Barkley looks almost back to his best.
He’s been splitting playing time with Mateo Kovacic in the third spot in Sarri’s three-man midfield.
And he rewarded the managers faith in him with his first goal for Chelsea in their 3-0 win over Southampton.
Because of his performances, Barkley returned to the England squad for the first time since May 2016.
Gareth Southgate even named him as a starter for their vital Nations League clash with Croatia.
And although the game was played behind closed doors, Barkley seized his opportunity.
He showed some of the confidence that Sarri has instilled in him, looking comfortable on the ball.
And in contrast to Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson’s performances – his midfield partners – Barkley impressed fans.
So, here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the former Everton player’s performance for the Three Lions:
Goal and assist against Soton and this man has had confidence shot into him. Lmao if Kovacic is unavailable for the Utd game, Barkley is either going to have the best game in years or a complete disaster class, no in between imo. I'm assuming the latter… pic.twitter.com/VhII8lAaDJ
— 👑Mr Chelsea Boss👑 (@MrChelseaBoss) October 12, 2018
Barkley shows up before & leaves after everyone else. Never demands to play, moans or makes threats to leave, works hard, is always looking to improve. He has huge talent, and most experts – apart from Chelsea fans (largely because he is ‘stealing’ RLC’s career) have noted this.
— PG (@PGCFC001) October 12, 2018
— WAGNH (@WAGNH_CFC) October 13, 2018
Barkley is future of CFC https://t.co/jc0iOVD0Wh
— Teguh Sanjaya (@teguh_sanjaya) October 13, 2018
Honestly I’ve never really rated Barkley but he’s working so hard, recovered from his injury without complaining and is taking care of himself. Deserves the chances he’s getting, he shouldn’t be judged tonight when he was playing alongside Henderson and Dier. #CFC
— Big Ak (@Ak711Big) October 12, 2018
Kovacic come off injured? Barkley is bagging a goal and assist against Utd and there’s nothing you guys can do about it.
— ً (@CFCJords) October 12, 2018