According to reports, Ross Barkley has been handed a lifeline by Frank Lampard and could yet have a future at Chelsea.
The midfielder has been in impressive form for Aston Villa since making the loan move from Stamford Bridge, scoring twice in 5 Premier League starts for Dean Smith’s Villans who currently sit sixth in the table.
Barkley joined Aston Villa on loan in the summer transfer window as Lampard couldn’t guarantee him first-team football this season especially after the summer signing of Kai Havertz from Bayern Leverkusen. This meant that the English midfielder had fallen down the pecking order at the club.
However, his performances at Villa has reportedly impressed Lampard. According to Eurosport, the Chelsea manager recently reached out to Barkley to congratulate him for his strong start to life at Villa Park.
The report claims that Frank Lampard has always been impressed by elements in Barkley’s gameplay but felt that a loan move would be ideal for him instead of being limited to playing a bit-part role at Chelsea.
If Barkley maintains his current form and consistency, a return to Chelsea could be on the cards next season. He has partnered excellently with Jack Grealish and this was seen in the 3 nil battering of Arsenal at the Emirates before the international break.
Meanwhile, Villa manager Dean Smith said he spotted the opportunity to get the midfielder on loan when he noticed Chelsea’s moves in the summer transfer window.
“We’d asked the question earlier in the season,” Smith revealed last month.
“I know the quality that is involved there and you’re looking at Chelsea who have bought some top quality players into the club.
“They were one of the first movers in the market this year so we just sensed there may be an opportunity to go and get somebody of Ross’s quality out.
“Thankfully, Frank felt that it would help him by coming here and playing games this season.”