‘He should be gone’: TalkSPORT pundit tells 28-year-old to leave Chelsea right now

TalkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Chelsea’s Ross Barkley to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Aged 28, Barkley currently finds himself on the fringes of the Chelsea first-team squad.

The midfielder has only made 12 appearances across all competitions so far this season for the Blues, including just five in the Premier League.

He’s quite far down the pecking order right now under manager Thomas Tuchel, which is understandable given the amount of quality teammates he’s competing against for minutes on the pitch.

Agbonlahor thinks the Liverpool-born playmaker needs to go play regularly elsewhere. He’s even suggested a return to Merseyside with his ex-club Everton, who he ended up leaving in 2018.

“He should be gone now. Go somewhere in the Premier League, and play football. He’s not going to get into that Chelsea side… He needs to go somewhere now and play some football. What better than going to your old club that you love?,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.

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Will Barkley leave Chelsea?

It wouldn’t be the biggest shock to supporters if Barkley finalises a deal to leave in the next week before the transfer window shuts.

Premier League club Newcastle United have reportedly been in discussions this week about the possibility of signing Barkley. Also, Everton were previously mentioned as possible suitors for the 28-year-old this window.

It seems highly unlikely he’ll get too much football in the second half of the season under Tuchel if he stays, so it could make more sense for the box-to-box midfielder to seek an exit to join a league rival.

The 33-time capped England international has had quite the steep decline in recent times.

Unfortunately, his route into the Blues midfield is blocked by the likes of N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.

It shouldn’t be too late for him to start fresh elsewhere, though.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.