‘Underrated Player’ ‘Glad We Kept Him’ Fans Single Out Chelsea Substitute Who Made ‘A Big Impact’ Against Brighton

‘Underrated Player’ ‘Glad We Kept Him’ Fans Single Out Chelsea Substitute Who Made ‘A Big Impact’ Against Brighton

Chelsea got off to a winning start with a 3-1 victory against Brighton but, while the scoreline looked comfortable, it was a far from a polished performance by the Blues.

One player who did stand out, though, was Ross Barkley who came on in the second half. The 26-year-old was credited for his contribution by manager Frank Lampard after the game:

“We ended up a little bit too advanced in high areas. Everybody [was] advanced. I felt that Ross would come and link it a bit more between the lines and just steady us down and get more passes in. He did that for us and that helped us gain a bit more control from then on.”

Supporters on Twitter have similarly recognised the impact that Barkley had when he replaced Ruben Loftus-Cheek:

Barkley is an extremely frustrating player to watch at times. There will be some games where he looks top class, while there are others where he struggles to make an impact, making poor decisions and being sloppy in possession.

That inconsistency doesn’t look like it will disappear from his game, and it’s likely he will only have a bit-role this season with the likes of Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and even Loftus-Cheek seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

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