GN View: Everton should consider Ross Barkley as last resort signing
Everton should consider signing Ross Barkley as a last resort this month after the player was told he could leave Chelsea on loan.
Barkley left Everton for Stamford Bridge in 2018 after coming through the academy at the club and just never really fulfilling his potential.
But since moving to London Barkley’s career has stalled even more, with a loan spell at Aston Villa failing to reinvigorate his career.
He has since returned to Chelsea where his failure to secure a summer move has seen him sitting on the bench for Thomas Tuchel’s side for much of the season.
He has made just four starts in all competitions this season and a January move has been tipped, with Everton one of the clubs interested.
Tuchel has now confirmed however that Barkley could potentially be allowed to leave on loan in January if the right proposal is received, which should alert Everton.
“We haven’t discussed it yet [loan deal],” he said [via 90min]. “It depends what Ross wants and what possibilities there are and what makes sense. Let’s see.
“There’s always a chance it is not like it is the FA Cup and here’s your chance. There’s always a chance to make it onto the pitch, especially with a lot of Covid and injury cases.”
While Everton should definitely be targeting others ahead of the 28-year-old former prodigy, signing nobody is definitely a worse situation than signing Barkley.
The Toffees are in desperate need of some creativity in midfield and if there’s one thing that Barkley can guarantee when he’s fit, is that he can open up defences.
A tricky dribbler with a good eye for a pass, Barkley would be returning with a point to prove and would cost a minimal amount on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season.
He would boost numbers in the squad, add a bit of quality and versatility and most importantly not take up a position in the squad long term if it didn’t work out.
Everton need numbers and quality and if they’re unable to get a deal done for any of their primary targets, then Barkley should be looked at as a potential gap-filler towards the end of the window.
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