The one reason that Ross Barkley didn’t leave Chelsea this summer

    Chelsea’s summer clear-out

    While the senior major incominga at Stamford Bridge this summer were Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, a free addition of third choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and a loan move for Saul Niguez, the club had great success with outgoings.

    The club sold a wide array of youth talent, as well as first team names Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham, for a combined total of well over 120 million pounds. In the cases of Tino Livramento and several other youth products, buy back clauses have been insterted into the deals, evidence of further clever forward-thinking from the blues.

    Barkley’s wages a major stumbling block

    One player who failed to depart, however, was Ross Barkley.

    The 27-year-old joined the west London outfit in 2018 for a reported fee of 15 million pounds, but flattered to deceive for the Blues, providing 11 goals and 11 assists in largely substitute appearances under a wide array of managers.

    As a result, he spent last campaign on loan with Aston Villa, where he went on to make 24 appearances, but scored just 3 times and provided 1 assist. While he promised much, he ultimately delivered little.

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    He will seemingly be given the chance to face his former club this evening in the Carabao Cup, but why is he still at Chelsea?

    As per Goal, it was the England international’s wages that proved the major stumbling block to prospective clubs. Currently earning around £120,000 per week, Nizaar Kinsella reports:

    “clubs such as Burnley and West Brom were reluctant to pay even a small portion of his £120,000-a-week wages”

    With financial constraints effecting all clubs, especially those outside of the English “big six”, a salary of over 6 million pounds on a man who is yet to find his Everton form represents a massive gamble.

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    Premier League table

    # Team MP D P
    1 Chelsea FC 5 11 13
    2 Liverpool FC 5 11 13
    3 Manchester United 5 9 13
    4 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 3 12
    5 Manchester City 5 10 10
    6 Everton FC 5 3 10
    7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
    8 West Ham United 5 4 8
    9 Brentford FC 5 3 8
    10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
    11 Watford FC 5 -2 6
    12 Leicester City 5 -3 6
    13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
    14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
    15 Southampton FC 5 -2 4
    16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
    17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
    18 Newcastle United 5 -7 2
    19 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
    20 Norwich City 5 -12 0
    Player Team Goals
    Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
    Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
    Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
    Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
    Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 3
    Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
    Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
    Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 3
    Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
    Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
    Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2
    Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 2
    Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
    Torres, Ferran Manchester City 2
    Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
    Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 2

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