Chelsea manager Frank Lampard made a mistake in allowing midfielder Ross Barkley to join Aston Villa, Paul Merson has claimed
We have done alot of transfer deals this summer which meant that Frank Lampard could not guarantee Barkley a regular starting space in the squad, or even much game time in that Chelsea shirt.
And having fallen down the pecking order, the England international was allowed to leave for Aston Villa as he seeks more minutes ahead of the Euros next year, but Merson believes that Lampard is playing a “dangerous game” by letting Barkley leave, believing the 26-year-old can become a “superstar” at Villa Park.
“Frank Lampard has made a mistake sending Ross Barkley out on loan because he will be a superstar for Aston Villa,” ex-Villa forward Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“What a signing that is. I can’t quite believe it, if I’m honest. How Barkley doesn’t get in the Chelsea team beats me. He is a huge talent.
“To let him go like this, especially to another Premier League team, is a dangerous game by Frank.
“If Barkley hits the ground running and starts ripping it up for Villa then serious questions will be asked why Lampard let him go.
“Chelsea have already gone out of one of the cups and they have looked hit and miss so far in the league despite spending all that money. They are still not defending well and Frank won’t need any extra pressure on him from Ross Barkley tearing things up at Villa Park.”