Now Conte has revealed exactly what worries him about Barkley. And, according to the Mirror Online, it's not the midfielder's physical state that concerns him.
"I thought I'd find a player who was not in good physical condition," said the Chelsea boss. "Instead, I was surprised to find a player in good physical condition.
"My worry is not about his physical condition, but only to go into our idea of football, to understand the movement without the ball and with the ball. For this, he needs a bit of period to go into our idea of football. To understand this.
"My worry is not about his physical condition, but to get into our idea of football."
He added: "In every game when you decide to play for a great team, in every game you are in contention with other players.
"The time is right to find a place in the World Cup (squad), but for sure it won’t be easy because, in the England squad, they are very strong."
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1 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:21:19
Didnt take long...
2 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:39:19
I suspect that Ross struggles to dress himself as well as undress himself!
Luckily I think you can get football boots that don't require laces these days.
3 Posted 31/01/2018 at 11:43:11
Conte getting on to the fact that Barkley doesn't understand what to do when not in possession??
At least they got a £20mil discount on him!!!
4 Posted 31/01/2018 at 12:43:57
Apparently: "Conte ordered Barkley to disrobe about ten times before the order finally clicked"
After which, Conte could be heard screaming: "Not me! Idiota!! Yourself!!!
5 Posted 31/01/2018 at 17:01:34
Just another case of confirmation bias if you think you can lock down the meaning behind those statements without context, like Conte showing a great deal of frustration as he says it.
Id be more surprised if Conte had said theres nothing more we can teach him or hes ready now, because that would suggest he didnt have any expectation of getting anymore out of him than Everton could.
6 Posted 01/02/2018 at 12:48:38
7 Posted 01/02/2018 at 14:31:21
8 Posted 01/02/2018 at 14:40:58
9 Posted 01/02/2018 at 14:44:16
The only feedback I know is from media outlets and it was largely summarised as 'anonymous'.
10 Posted 01/02/2018 at 15:57:04
I will say that Ross Barkley was the most frustrating player I've seen in a blue shirt; having been going to Goodison since 1948, I've seen one or two.
I confess that I was surprised that Spurs and Chelsea both what I term as passing clubs would take a player whose decision-making is at best dubious.
I found from my seat in the Park End, that he would shoot when a pass was a better option, and that he would pass when a shot on goal was the right thing to do; all this after his obligatory three-point turn to get the ball under control.
Back to my original observation, 'The king is dead, long live the king'.
11 Posted 01/02/2018 at 16:07:22
It may take time to see whether he throws off the shackles that have so constricted his play since his first full season in the Everton first team... Or he is permanently damaged and that wonderfully precocious powerpack of potential is gone forever.
12 Posted 01/02/2018 at 16:08:56
13 Posted 01/02/2018 at 16:24:43
I think he was fit to play for us but Allardyce (quite rightly IMO) would have not been interested once he established Barkley wanted out and was not for turning.
14 Posted 01/02/2018 at 16:30:51
For me personally, I can't forgive Barkley for screwing EFC out of £20M while taking wages and the best medical treatment money can buy knowing all along his destination once he was fit.
15 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:09:59
16 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:18:41
In fairness to Ross, the Chelsea side were a little unsettled by all of the transfer happenings and played without a recognised striker.
I suggest that it is far too early for schadenfreude .
17 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:18:53
That said I'm not defending him and it leaves a bad taste but for whatever reason he seemed to turn against the club quite quickly and I would love to know why.
His promise was a result of him being twice the size of opponents in youth football and he found it harder when faced with grown men who would intimidate him.
Bags of skill but not clever with it if only he had had Bally's football brain what a player he would then be!
18 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:29:44
Whatever you think of him, his skills and decision making I think his performances on the field wont warrant fondness that players of a similar vintage enjoy.
Baines, Hibbert, Cahill all less capable than Ross but gave far more on the field and were more effective too.
19 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:52:51
If I were an outsider looking in, knowing nothing about Barkley except that he'd just been signed by one of the best clubs in the country, and saw the continued discussion of him on ToffeeWeb even though he's no longer an Everton player, I'd think, this guy must really have something special about him. I might also think that some Evertonians were a tad bitter that he's gone.
20 Posted 02/02/2018 at 07:12:16
My friend can't understand why Chelsea bought him. He was slow and ponderous and, surprise, surprise, seemed to hesitate on the ball, unsure whether to pass or take on the defender.
He reckons it won't be long before Conte deems him not good enough and relegates him to the bench, where he will likely stay until the end of the season. I don't think we've lost anything special with Ross's departure.
21 Posted 02/02/2018 at 07:53:20
22 Posted 02/02/2018 at 08:07:47
23 Posted 02/02/2018 at 09:01:36
But let's face it, the likes of Martina has nowhere near the coverage (and absence of consensus) that Barkley has (and that Stones and Lukaku had). Three players who went to the three elite sides in the country.
24 Posted 02/02/2018 at 09:26:16
25 Posted 02/02/2018 at 10:31:08
In Barkley's case, his weakness was he never bought into Everton's ethos and it showed when he played. For Conte, ethos and a way of playing are everything. Barkley will be getting this wall to wall with Conte because he eats, drinks and sleeps it.
The fact that Conte is a bit frustrated with Barkley should make Barkley glad he cost £20 million less, because Conte was prepared to take a risk on him. But Conte will want Barkley to come up to speed real fast.
26 Posted 02/02/2018 at 16:38:03
When I was a lad, in the 60s and 70s, for me Everton was about style as well as winning. Great football, the symbol probably Coiln Harvey. Plus fair play, but hard as well, the symbol probably Brian Labone. Plus galvanising your team mates, the symbols probably Alan Ball and (later) Peter Reid.
What on earth is the ethos these days? The style of play has fluctuated wildly over the last few years, as well as the commitment of some players. Barkley has played through all of that, and I don't think he can be accused of not giving commitment on the pitch (you could argue he tried too hard at times). So in what way did he not get our ethos?
Regarding Chelsea, it's early days, they've just had an unusual defeat, let's see how things go before jumping to conclusions about how Barkley is or isn't fitting in. As someone said above, it's a bit soon for Schadenfreude.
27 Posted 02/02/2018 at 21:36:26
28 Posted 02/02/2018 at 21:56:01
29 Posted 02/02/2018 at 22:24:10
The only way to achieve that is to play well at a club of our status and hope your agent can persuade a "top six" to sign you on. Lukaku's did this, but after a bright start he's adding up to a Mourinho mistake in the last few months. Stones did it too, but he's shown himself to be disturbingly flaky on
more than one occasion and since they signed the lad from Iberia last week his days may rightly be numbered in the City first team, and now Barkley's done it but he's seemingly way off even being considered a regular and, if I had a squad like Chelsea's, I'd be of precisely the same opinion as Conte's when it comes to Ross Barkley.
Regardless (again) of these want-aways I just wonder why our three most recent "stars" are all so lacking in the vital department of "psychology", and by that I allude to an in-bred "knives to a gun-fight" complacency that still seems to stink all round FF. Couldn't be the plethora of BK appointees who always populate the place could it, and him?
30 Posted 03/02/2018 at 07:21:09
32 Posted 03/02/2018 at 11:15:39
33 Posted 04/02/2018 at 09:06:31
Look him up on Wikipedia. Great Player.
34 Posted 04/02/2018 at 09:14:25
35 Posted 04/02/2018 at 15:30:31
It was always obvious that Barkley isn't good enough for a starting place from Chelsea's squad, and it will have to weaken considerably before he is.
36 Posted 05/02/2018 at 17:42:51
37 Posted 11/02/2018 at 19:21:52
Well. On the CM game on my phone on the metro to work at least.
38 Posted 11/02/2018 at 19:27:55
Tony Brown. So...?
39 Posted 14/02/2018 at 18:31:27
Rom's movement for this kind of play may be a bit too stiff. Ironically, I think he would have thrived with Walcott providing for him, just as he was developing a good understanding with Gerri.
It will be interesting to see if Lukaku and Sanchez can combine together
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