Barkley had fallen down the pecking order in recent years at Stamford Bridge. He made just 13 starts in the Premier League last season.
With chances of breaking in more regularly slim, Chelsea agreed to let him leave on loan this summer. Aston Villa gave him an opportunity to resurrect his career.
It’s a chance he definitely seems to be taking, as he has made a bright start at Villa Park. He scored on his debut in a stunning 7-2 win over Liverpool, and has since added another goal and assist.
His form has already led to questions of a longer-term future at Villa. Dean Smith says negotiations have not yet begun, but has hailed the impact Barkley has made.
However, Villa may not be able to enjoy his talents beyond this season. According to 90min, Lampard is well aware of his form and could now offer him a second chance at Chelsea.
The website claims Lampard is “delighted” with how Barkley has responded to being shown the door, at least temporarily, from Chelsea.
Therefore, the Blues boss has told the midfielder there is a future for him back at Stamford Bridge if he keeps his form up.
Villa boss Smith has already said that he has promised to get Barkley back in contention to return to the England national team by the end of his loan spell. Perhaps there is a chance his form could rejuvenate his club career at Chelsea as well.
Furthermore, the report adds that Villa know Barkley’s form could put him out of their price range. Therefore, they may not be able to afford a permanent deal for him anyway.
But rather than returning without a welcome, it appears Chelsea have a plan in place to reintegrate him.
Barkley still has a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2023.