Nicolas opens up and announces Chelsea deal for impressive Barkley ‘a surprise’

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Premier League pundit Charlie Nicholas admits Ross Barkley’s transfer to Chelsea from Everton was a surprise.

Barkley was once hailed as one of the most exciting and talented young English players in the Premier League after bursting into the scene at Goodison Park and was tipped to become a global superstar.

However, inconsistency, poor performances and lack of belief from his managers has meant that Barkley’s development has not been at the required stage and he stagnated at Goodison Park towards the back end of his days there.

But after a slow start to life here at Stamford Bridge, Barkley has finally found his feet and he has become a big part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans, starting in a number of Premier League and Europa League fixtures this season.

And Nicolas has admitted his move to Stamford Bridge was a big surprise, telling the Sky Sports website: “I think we were all quite surprised that he picked Chelsea and if he was going to get in the team.

“It’s taken quite a bit of time and for a new manager to come in and say ‘I like your technical ability but you’ve got to move on’.

“The lad’s career has moved on, he’s back in the international setup and he’s playing very well at the moment. So the signs are good for him.”

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Will Barkley become a superstar here?

Barkley is a very young man that was at a club that was average, so his inconsistent performances for Everton over the seasons were because the side he was playing in was poor one minute and then brilliant the next, he couldn’t put two good games together.

But his style of play, ability and quality is starting to show under Sarri and we are starting to finally see why Antonio Conte made the shock decision to bring him to Stamford Bridge just a few months ago.

So if Sarri continues to show the faith, give Barkley the game time he deserves and lets the young man continue to enjoy his football, then there is no reason why Barkley cannot add 20-plus goals a season to his game and become a midfielder in the mould of Frank Lampard.

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