Transfer News: Aston Villa seal loan move for Ross Barkley from Chelsea

Aston Villa seal loan move for Ross Barkley from Chelsea

Aston Villa seal loan move for Ross Barkley from Chelsea

Aston Villa seal loan move for Ross Barkley from Chelsea.  

Dean Smith’s side has completed the shock signing of Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley on a season-long loan deal on Wednesday morning.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played Barkley 31 times in all competitions last season but, following the signings of £89million Kai Havertz and £38m Hakim Ziyech in midfield this summer, the Blues boss has decided to let Barkley leave the club.

Barkley, 26, had only featured from the bench twice in the Premier League this season and, seemingly surplus to requirements, he now joins up with manager Dean Smith and assistant John Terry at Villa Park for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign.

Aston Villa seal loan move for Ross Barkley from Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined Dean Smith’s Aston Villa on a season-long-loan

Barkley’s only start this season came in the 6-0 Carabao Cup third-round victory against Barnsley last week – a match in which he scored in.

The midfielder was left on the bench as the Blues lost to Tottenham on penalties on Tuesday night in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, with a move to the Midlands imminent.

He has fallen behind Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount in the midfield pecking order at Stamford Bridge, along with new signings Havertz and Ziyech.

Barkley has made 86 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring 11 goals since his £15m transfer to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January 2018.

Barkley burst into the Everton first team aged just 17 after graduating from their academy and he went on to net 27 goals in 179 appearances for the Toffees, before his big move two years ago.