Chelsea’s Barkley in surprise move to Aston Villa
Let’s go, @RBarkley8! 👌
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 30, 2020
“Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our club, and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team,” Villa boss Dean Smith said.
The 26-year-old failed to make the starting lineup in any of Chelsea’s opening Premier League matches against Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool or West Bromwich Albion. Last season he made 13 appearances in the Premier League, scoring three and assisting four goals.
Barkley’s last appearance for Chelsea this season came in the 6-0 Carabao Cup victory over Championship side Barnsley, and he was an unused substitute as the Blues were defeated by Tottenham 5-4 on penalties in the fourth round (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.) on Tuesday.