Ross Barkley have officially signed for Aston Villa on a season long loan.
The English midfielder is always thought to be liked by Lampard and his exit was surprising but from the player’s first words after signing for Villa it seems Barkley initiated the move to seek regular playing time.
It is actually a pity for Chelsea because Barkley was already looking sharp this season. He had got a goal already for us this season and performed superbly on the match which he had started or introduced in.
Barkley however know he will always be second fiddle to the favourite Masob Mount and with the introduction of Havertz for a record fee, things got more complicated for the English midfielder.
According to Barkley what triggered his temporary exit the most is the upcoming Euro 2021 and his aim to get into the England squad. I guess he fancied his chances more playing in regularly in a lower team than coming from the bench in a bigger team.
Ross Barkley on joining Aston Villa:
It was the chance to play more regularly and obviously a massive club like Villa, it’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to the season.
[The Euros are] a big influence. The last couple of years I’ve been stop-start really, performing and then out the team. To come here and have the chance to play regularly was a big thing.
With the Euros being at the end of the season it’s a big target of mine to be there and be in the squad.
What does Ross exit means for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus Cheek now?
With Ross gone Chelsea now has just one player who can play the Kovacic role a bit effectively and that player is Ruben Loftus Cheek.
I know Ruben has been slow and awful these season but he is still the best fit we have for that central midfield role ahead of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz who are more attacking in nature.
Lampard recently urged Ruben who was also very close to leaving on loan, to stay at Chelsea and with the departure of Barkley, there’s more chance of Ruben playing and I think that might make him stay to fight for a place in the squad.