Frank Lampard warns Ross Barkley after he completes Chelsea transfer
Frank Lampard who is the highest goal score for the blues, has hailed Chelsea‘s £15million signing of Ross Barkley as a ‘no-brainer’ but insists it is now up to the England international to show he has the ability to secure a place in Antonio Conte‘s side.
Barkley who was on the verge of joining the Premier League champions in the summer only for the deal to collapse at the last minute. The 24-year-old subsequently underwent surgery on the hamstring injury which has prevented him from making a single appearance this season but completed his move to Stamford Bridge on Monday.
The former Everton star will wear Lampard’s old No.8 shirt and Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer believes Barkley has all the natural ability required to be a success in west London. ‘It’s a no-brainier,’ Lampard told BT Sport. ‘I think £15m for someone of the ability of Ross Barkley it’s a great deal for Chelsea.
‘We’ve talked about him for a while though and he hasn’t fulfilled his potential. But there are players in this market who are moving for £30m or £40m who are of a lesser ability. ‘Now it’s up to Ross, though. At Everton he was allowed to do it in fits and spurts. Five games here and six games there.
‘He won’t get away with that at Chelsea. He’s got to be disciplined, work hard and show he’s capable of adding things to his game. ‘I think he can do it but it’s down to him now.’