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This smells like the typical Conte undesirable transfer. He comes injured, we will wait him whole lotta time to see him on the pitch, then we will see him, we will realise he is a scrub and in the end of the story - he will get more minutes than Bakayoko does right now. Unchangeable starter. But right now, we are in phase 1. 

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8 minutes ago, Pendergast said:

This smells like the typical Conte undesirable transfer. He comes injured, we will wait him whole lotta time to see him on the pitch, then we will see him, we will realise he is a scrub and in the end of the story - he will get more minutes than Bakayoko does right now. Unchangeable starter. But right now, we are in phase 1. 

Don't think we will start with Barkley yet he just might come off the bench and grab the winner.

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http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11213918/ross-barkley-outlines-ambitions-to-become-world-class-at-chelsea

Ross Barkley says he is "obsessed" with improving and has ambitions to become a "world-class" player, as he prepares to make his Chelsea debut.

The 24-year-old left boyhood club Everton to join the Premier League champions earlier this month, but has not yet featured as he has been recovering from injury.

However, he is in the squad to face Brighton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Premier League, and speaking to Sky Sports, he explained how determined he is to develop at Chelsea.

"I am obsessed with improving. I want to get to a level where I am regarded as one of the best and coming to a club like Chelsea gives me the right platform to improve," Barkley said.

"I want to be regarded as a world-class midfielder. At the moment I have a lot of potential and a lot of world-class attributes and I want to showcase that at a massive club like Chelsea and win things and be regarded as a top-quality player.

"I have got to a level where I feel I needed to make the jump to Chelsea and push myself and get myself to a better level and playing with world-class players here is only going to help.

"I am ready to hit the ground running. The first half of the season dragged for me, I just wanted to kick a ball, but I am back fit and I am ready to go."

Barkley has not played a competitive match since May 2017, but did get some minutes under his belt in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR this week, playing 75 minutes and scoring a goal and providing an assist.

"It was a good runout," he said. "I have settled in really well with all the lads. It was my first game for a while since I have been out injured and it felt good to get back out onto the pitch.

"I have had four full weeks of training now so I am feeling really fit. I feel really good and am ready to go."

With Alvaro Morata and Pedro both suspended for the clash with Brighton, Barkley could go straight into Antonio Conte's starting line-up alongside Eden Hazard.

He described Hazard as an "unbelievable player", and added: "You can't put many players up there with Hazard, he is unbelievable, he is up there with the best in the world, I have been training here for a couple of weeks and you can see how sharp he is.

"I am not the same type of player but if I could get anywhere near his level now I would be made up."

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yeah, finger's crossed. Good attitude and all, but words are just that, words. Seen a lot of young players say they want to win ballon d'or etc. and they amount to nothing (depay at Utd rings to mind)... 

Still, can't knock him for having ambition I guess.

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10 hours ago, icecoolguy22 said:

I'd give him a start, just need to inject something in our tired/out of form line up. It's not even a risk if Cesc is out.

Big risk starting him after an injury like that, rather he had time to warm up during the game.

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You know what, I have a good feeling about Barkley.

His low transfer price has meant his move have somewhat flown under the radar compared to other names. Yet he has a good mix of youth and experience, has a good eye for goal outside the box and he'll be eager to impress.

Doubts over his current fitness aside, he's got a bit of no-nonsense style that the squads been missing recently.

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