Ross Barkley would be perfect for Manchester United. Not the words you’ll here from the majority of Manchester United fans, but listen carefully and more and more fans are starting to think Barkley could be exactly what United need.
Barkley is one of those players that seems to have been around forever. But at only 23 years of age that’s another string to Barkley’s bow that could benefit a club like United who have been caught woefully short of midfielders this last few weeks. Plenty of Premier League experience, creative, fast, strong, Barkley ticks many boxes in the search for a midfielder who can come to Old Trafford and offer some much needed squad depth and exuberance. He’s also played with Lukaku and has an understanding of what Lukaku likes in relation to crossing and through balls.
Add in to the above that Barkley’s a free agent in May and the question has to be why aren’t Mourinho and United all over this deal? Tottenham and Chelsea are both very keen so it’s not like Barkley isn’t admired by other big clubs.
The issue lies in Barkley’s inconsistency and a question mark over whether he has the scope to improve. There’s no question that on his day Barkley can be the shining light on the pitch, the issue is there’s been too many games for Everton where that light has gone missing. Mourinho was an admirer of Barkley from his Chelsea days but as with Renato Sanches we’ve already seen that Mourinho’s admiration for a player can come full circle in less than twelve months if he sees traits he doesn’t like. But with Pochettino interested, it’s fair to say that Barkley with the right management can take that next step and become one of the league’s best performing attacking midfielders.
The question is will Manchester United put their hat in the ring for Barkley? Personally I think they should. Especially with all the rumours that United don’t actually have that much money to spend. A player of Barkley’s potential for free is a no brainer.