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Ross Barkley's transfer to Chelsea really hasn't worked out thus far. The midfielder hasn't completed a single 90 minutes since joining the Premier League champions in January and he hasn't featured since the dreadful 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.
Already struggling for fitness when he made the move to Stamford Bridge, having been on the sidelines for a lengthy spell at Everton, he's really not been up to it at Chelsea and you struggle to see him breaking into the side.
With his ability, Barkley should be pushing for a spot in England's World Cup but the reality is that he is playing in the reserves trying to get match sharpness.
The 24-year old turned out for Chelsea's development squad against Derby County, playing 60 minutes as he bids to make his return to first-team action.
We're back underway in PL2 action away at Derby, where #CFCDev lead 2-0 at the start of this second half. pic.twitter.com/lmspdkiuqm
- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 31, 2018
His inclusion saddened a good chunk of Chelsea fans on Twitter:
Ross Barkley playing for the youth team when he should be in consideration for the World Cup https://t.co/qIbuoCUovc
- Títílayọ (@t_chels19x) March 31, 2018
Ross Barkley has gone from being one of the brightest English prospects to playing against Derby u23s in the space of 3 years... https://t.co/t1DxMPHtDZ
- ● (@aaron_dunkley99) March 31, 2018
lol, our greatest sign ever: Ross Barkley.
Fire all the fucking board.
- Jaime (@JaimeTheLionCFC) March 31, 2018
- zoelvan (@zulfan8) March 31, 2018
Barkley Deserves Better
- #WEHOPE (@MichuHeynckes) March 31, 2018
Anyone wanna explain why this bloke is playing in the fucking South East Counties Senior League instead of for Chelsea in front of Slavisa Bakayoko?
- Lawrence Evans (@ChiswickFlow) March 31, 2018
A very unfortunate fall from grace for Barkley.
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