You wouldn’t like to be an English midfielder playing for Chelsea right now.
With Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Matteo Kovacic look set to form a formidable midfield three for Maurizio Sarri’s side this season, it's going to be tough to play first-team football.
And that has left both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek looking on from the touchline.
How on earth can Barkley or Loftus-Cheek expect to be playing regular first-team football this season?
Well, by impressing in training is the best way to catch Sarri’s eye ahead of matches.
And that’s exactly what Barkley is doing, it seems.
According to Victor Moses, the former Everton midfielder has been the most impressive player in training.
“Everyone has been good, everyone is working hard but I’d say Ross Barkley,” Moses said when asked who has been the best player in training recently.
“He had a big injury but he’s started the season really well and he’s working his socks off.”
Chelsea fans will surely love hearing that.
Barkley was named in the starting XI for Chelsea’s opening two matches against Huddersfield and Arsenal.
But despite producing decent performances, he was dropped to the bench as Kovacic replaced him against Newcastle.
And now Barkley may find it difficult to dislodge the man on loan from Real Madrid.
But with Europa League football on the horizon for Sarri’s side this season - and a potential title challenge - there’s no doubt Barkley will have a very important role in this Chelsea side this season.
And if he continues to impress in training, he’ll be back in the starting line-up soon enough.
Just last week, Barkley credited assistant manager Gianfranco Zola for staying behind at training to work on a few things with him.
“I like to stay out after training and do some finishing and practice my free-kicks and things, and Gianfranco stays out with me," Barkley said.
"He helps out a lot, telling me little things that used to work for him. He’s still got it.”News Now - Sport News