Chelsea fans react as Ross Barkley joins Aston Villa on loan
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has completed a loan move on Wednesday morning to Aston Villa – and some of the Blues fans on Twitter have reacted negatively to the breaking news.
Villa have confirmed on their official website that the 26-year-old has joined them on a season-long loan, with their manager Dean Smith describing his signing as a “real coup” for the Midlands club.
Barkley was an unused substitute on Tuesday night in Chelsea’s penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and he’s now completed a move to Premier League rivals Villa.
The central midfielder had featured in three of the opening five games for Frank Lampard’s side at the beginning of the new season and previously scored in the cup against Barnsley, but he’s been allowed to leave on a temporary basis.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media are stunned with the fact that Barkley has been allowed to leave and many feel he was an important part of the squad.
The English playmaker is a versatile midfielder that can be used in a number eight position or a number 10 role, and he brings a physicality in the centre of the park as well as plenty of agility.
Despite the fact he’s not been a nailed-on starter since his £15million (BBC) transfer to Chelsea from Everton in 2018, he’s come up with some memorable moments for the club and was instrumental in the run to the FA Cup final last season.
With Barkley now out of the picture, it looks like it will be up to player such as Mason Mount, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and possibly Ruben Loftus-Cheek to fight for a starting midfield position.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Barkley:
Probably one of the only fans that’s not happy about Barkley going on Lon #CFC
— howard (@HowardHawes_) September 30, 2020
Barkley on loan, I do not understand that one.
Especially when you saw last night what our midfield is like with that double pivot.
We must be getting Rice, it’s the only thing that does make sense. #cfc
— Geoff Barnes (@Geoff_Barnes) September 30, 2020
Surprised Barkley has gone on loan. Since the restart, hes been a threat in most games hes played and added something different
— Kyle (@KGRoberts_CFC) September 30, 2020
— Billi 🤼♂️⚽️ (@billicon87) September 30, 2020
Barkley to Villa(on loan). Tbf, I am not happy.
— ST (@Sarfaraz_CFC) September 30, 2020
— Tom Wood (@tomwood09) September 30, 2020
Barkley going to Villa on loan is such bad timing. I thought he was just beginning to tick to be honest.
— Chels (@MS_CFC1905) September 30, 2020
Thats awful decision Ross was decent squad player and this season he was far better than mason mount
😳😳😭 does fank know what he’s doing clueless 🙄
— Abdi Kiko🇸🇴🇩🇪 (@AbdirazaqK) September 30, 2020