Gareth Southgate’s trust in Ross Barkley shows Sarri he must start for Chelsea on Saturday against Manchester United
Ross Barkley’s comeback has been quite extraordinary.
Having suffered a horrible hamstring injury at Everton, he struggled for fitness after joining Chelsea in January 2018.
But under Maurizio Sarri, Barkley had a productive preseason where he slowly regained match fitness.
He has been alternating with Mateo Kovacic for a spot in Sarri’s three-man midfield.
And the former Everton man has repaid Sarri’s faith in him, as he grabbed a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton.
Due to his performances, Barkley earned his recall to the England squad, his first since May 2016.
And England manager Gareth Southgate picked Barkley for both of England’s vital Nation League clashes with Croatia and Spain.
Barkley struggled against Croatia, but in a strange game with no crowd, no England player really shone.
But in the crunch match against Spain, Barkley excelled in a strong England performance, as they won 3-2.
His energy linked the attackers and the defence, helping to break up Spanish attacks as well.
He even picked up a glorious pre-assist for England’s third goal:
And this form that Barkley is showing should be harnessed by Sarri and Barkley should start against Manchester United on Saturday.
The return of Jose Mourinho is always a big occasion for Chelsea, but Barkley has shown he can excel on the biggest stage.