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Ross Barkley

BIOGRAPHY

Ross Barkley became a Chelsea player when he moved to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January 2018. He signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and was given the number 8 shirt.

Barkley arrived with a wealth of experience for a player so young, having already made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, as well as being named in England squads for both the World Cup and European Championships.

His versatility ensures he can play just behind the striker, in a deeper midfield role or in an advanced wide position, with his ability to get on the ball and create chances one of the player’s biggest strengths.

Barkley joined Everton at the age of 11 and quickly caught the eye due to his strength, desire and outstanding technical qualities.

His Everton debut arrived on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign and early on in his career he also spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Barkley scored his first Everton goal on the opening day of the 2013/14 season and after being given a key role in the Toffees’ midfield, the consistency and quality of his displays ensured he was named in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil that summer, where he featured in their final game against Costa Rica.

The 2015/16 campaign was Barkley’s most fruitful in terms of goals scored, with the midfielder netting 14 times.

 

He registered his first England goal in a 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over San Marino and was subsequently included in the squad for the finals.

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Last season, Barkley was a regular in the Everton midfield and created more goalscoring opportunities for team-mates than any other English player in the Premier League, as well as chipping in with six goals of his own.

After signing for the Chelsea, Barkley made his debut when he came on for the injured Willian in the first half of our League Cup semi-final second leg against Arsenal. The midfielder was then handed his first start for the club in a home game against Bournemouth. Injury then ruled him out for almost three months, but he was back in the matchday squad before the end of the season and looked lively in the hour he played in our final league game at Newcastle.