By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Jan, 2022 | 6:00pm

Ross Barkley told to sign for Everton in January

Ross Barkley has been urged to return to Everton for regular first-team football this month by talkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Barkley left Goodison Park back in 2018 for Stamford Bridge but it hasn’t really worked out for the Toffees academy graduate.

After a loan move to Aston Villa last season, Barkley returned to Chelsea this season where he has been a bit-part player under Thomas Tuchel.

This has seen him linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge [Telegrpah], and while a move hasn’t materialised yet Agbonlahor told talkSPORT that he should go back if the opportunity arises.

“He should be gone now,” he said. “Go to somewhere else in the Premier League or somewhere and play football. You’re not going into that Chelsea side.

“At Aston Villa, he started well but then his performances got so low that Dean Smith wasn’t even putting him in the squad. He needs to go somewhere now and play some football and what better than going to your old club that you love? Go and play some football.”

Double-edged sword

The club have already seen the down side of bringing someone into the club that the fans don’t want there with Rafa Benitez. So is bringing Barkley back to the club something they should do?

On the pitch, it’s unquestionable that his ability is needed in midfield areas as Everton struggle and battle against relegation.

His dribbling, eye for a pass, work rate and quality will see the club improve, but the mood may not.

Barkley hasn’t had a great relationship with the fans since leaving and that would quickly translate to grumblings around the club if he didn’t hit the ground running immediately.

He has experience and obvious quality, but there is a bigger picture to look at with this transfer and Everton should be careful not to make the same mistake twice.

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