Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has failed to settle down at the club ever since his move to Stamford Bridge from Everton.
During the 2019-20 season, Ross Barkley has played only 296 minutes of football in the Premier League for the Blues without scoring a goal or making an assist. But still, he was lucky enough to get up a call-up for the national side during the current international break.
And while a number of people were a bit startled by this decision from Gareth Southgate, most of them chose to ignore it.
But then there was Roy Keane who did not hold back his comments about Ross Barkley saying that the midfielder was lucky to be in the Three Lions side.
“He’s not impressed me too much over the past year or two when I’ve seen him, so I think he’s lucky to get back into the team,” he told ITV(as reported by Football London).
“There is talent there but I just don’t think he shows it enough. For an attacking midfielder, I don’t think he gets enough goals or assists. He’s absolutely lucky to be in the team.”
Keane also added that he had no idea as to what the perfect position for Ross Barkley was in the Three Lions team.
“Probably on the bench[his best position], particularly in international football. He’s not done enough and when you’re not sure about a player’s best position, that sort of answers it all.
“For an attacking-minded player, he doesn’t do enough in terms of creating chances and getting goals.
Ross Barkley has now scored a brace on each of his last two starts away from home in Euro 2020 qualifying:
⚽️⚽️ vs. Montenegro
⚽️⚽️ vs. Bulgaria
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“Whenever I watch him, I never really know where his best position is. You think if you’d play 32 times for England, you could kind of work that out at some point.
“He had a decent start for Chelsea but then he’s gone off the boil a bit. But where is his best position? Somebody tell me!”
Ross Barkley though started in England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria and in an apt reply to Roy Keane, the England international managed to score a brace before being replaced by Mason Mount with around 20 minutes left on the clock.