Antonio Conte was livid with Ross Barkley before he'd even stepped on the pitch last night.
Barkley, a £15 million signing from Everton earlier this month, returned to first-team action after a lengthy absence when he replaced the injured Willian in the first half.
Premier League one-season wonders:
The Chelsea No.8's last game was incidentally against the Gunners at the Emirates for Everton in the final game of the 2016/17 and he was called upon around 30 minutes into the game.
With Willian suffering a hamstring injury, it meant Barkley had to get ready quick-time and enter the fray.
But his manager, Conte, was absolutely fuming at him - deeming the England international to have taken too long to warm up.
Conte has just given Barkley the hairdryer for not getting himself ready to come on quick enough #arsche- Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) January 24, 2018
Barkley got his first Conte telling off before he even made his debut - Chelsea boss bawling at his new signing for taking too long warming up- James Benge (@jamesbenge) January 24, 2018
Not the best start to life at Chelsea for Barkley, who tried to get on the ball and make things happen but looked a little rusty. He got a lot of stick on social media for his display:
Barkley. Already one of the worst players to arrive at this club- TeamChelsea (@IconicLampard) January 24, 2018
Harsh on Barkley and Batshuayi that. https://t.co/K2s4Wte2B9- GrandOldTeam (@grandoldteam) January 24, 2018
The most devastating Ross Barkley performance since George shot him in the back of the head in Of Mice and Men- Ant Campbell (@acampbell68) January 24, 2018
@RBarkley20 you know what Ross? Take your fucking shit Everton attitude problem boy performances somewhere else. I didn't see you chase after a ball once. Your passing was boring. Your delivery for the last corner was like that of a 3 year old. Either step the fuck up or leave- :b:️ (@idk_dom) January 24, 2018
Ross Barkley having his worst night since he got his head punched in.- Shite Sports News (@ShiteSportsNews) January 24, 2018
Conte was asked about Barkley's performance after the 2-1 defeat and said the 24-year old has a lot to improve on.
"When there is an injury to one of your best players it is not simple, especially when on the bench the only substitute is Ross Barkley," he told Sky Sports, via BBC.
"Barkley has a lot of space for improvement, he is working with us only two weeks but for sure today I was forced to make this substitution, but he can improve a lot."
Surely it's unfair to write him off after one game? Will Barkley come good at Chelsea?
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