‘Not a Championship player’ – West Brom reporter delivers verdict after Telegraph transfer request
Express & Star reporter Luke Hatfield is unsure whether Ross Barkley’s pace of work meets the demands of West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael.
Late in the summer transfer window, according to the Telegraph, West Brom received a request whether they would be interested in loaning Chelsea player Ross Barkley, but the midfielder remained at Stamford Bridge beyond of the August 31 deadline.
The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, where he played 27 times in all competitions, scoring four goals and providing an assist. And after watching it for Villa, Hatfield isn’t sure Barkley would respond to Ismael’s requests.
Would you have taken Barkley?
Every day of the week!
âIn terms of the style of play as well, Albion is playing a 3-4-3 where the two central midfielders have to really break their stomachs all the time. Ross Barkley has a lot of quality; I think that’s easy to say and it’s clear to see when he’s in his game he’s a fantastic player and he’s definitely not a championship player.
“But, you know, does he have that rate of work?” At Villa last season I saw him a lot and he started off really well and offered real quality, but the fans also quickly got on their nerves when they realized, at times, that he wasn’t putting on not enough work to match some of his peers â, Hatfield said This is Futbol.
West Bromwich Albion have been active during the summer transfer window, bringing six new players to the club, as Adam Reach, Alex Mowatt, Matt Clarke, Jordan Hugill, Jayson Molumby and Kean Bryan have all arrived at the Hawthorns.
Under new management and with new players to the squad, West Bromwich Albion hope they can have a good season and meet the challenge of an immediate return to the Premier League.