Jamie Carragher’s comments on Ross Barkley on MNF were absolutely spot on

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has made a huge impact in Maurizio Sarri’s starting 11 this season.

Barkley scored in Chelsea 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday (October 28), adding to his previous goals against Manchester United and Southampton.

The 24-year-old became the first English midfielder to score in three consecutive Premier League matches since Frank Lampard achieved the same feat for Chelsea in 2013.

However, Barkley didn’t get off to a perfect start since his January 2018 move from Everton, in which Chelsea paid £15 million for the midfielder.

Barkley only made five appearances in his first season for the Blues, due to a hamstring injury, and his place in the squad looked in doubt.

However, after Sarri replaced departing manager Antonio Conte at the beginning of the season, the new Chelsea boss put his confidence in Barkley.

Barkley started in Chelsea’s opening three games, before being replaced by new signing Mateo Kovačić, however, the Englishman has been involved in all but one game this season, starting in four of the games netting the three times.

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Jamie Carragher's comments on Barkley 

Former England and Liverpool defender, and now Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, spoke about Barkley’s form on Monday Night Football, and compared the Chelsea player to Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard- both of whom played in this years World Cup.

"This lad has got to become mentally stronger,” Carragher said.

“But in terms of ability, you think of the players who played in that position in the World Cup - Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard - and maybe you could argue they are better mentally but they are not better ability wise.

"If he becomes better mentally - as you would expect playing for a big team and achieving big things - I think he could become a must for the England team."

Carragher also broke down Barkley’s playing stats, and claimed the midfielder dribbled too much at Everton.

"The big one is dribbles,” Carragher said.

“We all love to see players dribble but football is a passing game and maybe two or three times a game you have the chance to go on a dribble. It can't be five times a game, and I think that was where he was losing the ball at Everton. Now he is making better decisions.

"Also look at the distance covered, I think he's fitter, stronger and maybe that is something to do with what we are seeing now at Chelsea.

"He was really good for Everton but towards the end of his time there his decision-making wasn't great.

“He dribbled when he should have passed, he passed when he should have dribbled, and the crowd got on his back and he found it difficult at times. Maybe it was the pressure of being the main man at Everton to create something."

With Barkley netting in his last three games for Chelsea, can he sustain a regular spot in Sarri’s starting 11.

Jamie Carragher
Maurizio Sarri
Dele Alli
Jesse Lingard
Ross Barkley
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