Former Chelsea star Craig Burley has stressed Blues playmaker Ross Barkley has to keep contributing with assists and goals from midfield to keep his place at the club.
Barkley scored his side’s only goal against Leicester City in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final tie, taking the west Londoners to the semi-final where they will face Manchester United.
The former Everton ace racked up two assists against his former club in Chelsea’s last game before the break, which the club won 4-0 at home against the Toffees.
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Burley feels Blues boss Frank Lampard admires Barkley and is aware that the Englishman can change a game by himself.
Burley insisted Frank will be expecting consistency from Ross and went on to add the attacking midfielder will have to keep providing his side with direct involvement with goals if he wants to remain with Chelsea in the future.
“I think Lampard admires him [Barkley]. I think he knows he can change a game”, Craig said on ESPN FC.
“I think the consistency is something he will be looking for. But he knows he has got goals in him from the middle of the park.
“And I don’t think he will be looking to throw the baby out with the bath water just yet whilst he can come on and change games like he did [against Leicester] and score goals like he did [against Leicester]. I think he has got a future there for the time being.”
Ross has made 23 appearances for the Blues across all competitions this season, registering four goals and four assists, but has been mentioned with a potential summer exit from the club.