Ross Barkley is once again searching for a new club after being made surplus for requirements by Champions League winners Chelsea.
Despite a superb start, the England international ended up having a pretty underwhelming season out on loan at Aston Villa and has fallen way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Once dubbed “the next Wayne Rooney” when he burst on the scene at Everton, Barkley’s career has hit a brick wall and desperately needs resurrecting.
He has lost his club place, his England place and now he is in danger of losing his reputation as one of the most dynamic and talented attacking midfielders in the country.
Still just 27-years-old, Steve Bruce should be pulling out all the stops to help snare him away from West London.
Former Bruce player Gabby Agbonlahor urged his former boss to help revive Barkley’s career back in June and believes he would fit the bill perfectly on Tyneside.
Our very own Callum Wilson also admitted that he was the one England player that caught his eye while on England duty, saying he was “unbelievable” to play with and someone he would’ve told Bruce to sign had he known he was available last summer.
Here’s what our new no.9 said about Barkley earlier this year:
He fits Bruce’s Premier League criteria perfectly – he’s explosive, both-footed, and definitely has a goal or two in him. He would offer the sort of drive our one-paced midfield has too often lacked.
I hear you say: “but what about Joe Willock?” There should be no reason why they can’t both play in the same side. Barkley is more of a number 10, Willock an 8 and Isaac Hayden as an anchor. That trio could finally give us an energetic, powerful and potentially explosive midfield trio this season.
These are the players we need to be going for if we want to kick on as a club while operating on a tight budget. Even if the Saudi takeover was given the green light I’d still want to sign him – that’s how good he can be!