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What you need to know about Chelsea new signing Ross Barkley

1. Ross Barkley was born in Wavertree, Liverpool, and progressed through the ranks at Everton after joining the club as an 11-year-old.

He caught the eye with his strength, desire and outstanding technical qualities.

2. His Everton debut arrived on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign in a Goodison Park fixture against QPR.

While it was the visitors who took the points, Barkley emerged with plenty of credit following an impressive first appearance.

3. Early in his career Barkley spent time on loan at both Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.


4. He returned to Everton to score his first goal for the club on the opening day of the 2013/14 season.

It was a stunning left-footed drive from outside the penalty area – in a 2-2 draw at Norwich City.

5. Given a key role in the Toffees’ midfield, Barkley was on target again in an early-season win over Newcastle and the consistency and quality of his displays ensured he was named in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

He featured in their final group game against Costa Rica.

6. The 2015/16 campaign was Barkley’s most fruitful in terms of goals scored, with the midfielder netting 14 times for his club.

Included were two goals each in big wins against Aston Villa and Newcastle.

7. He also registered his first England strike in a 6-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win against San Marino.

He was subsequently included in the squad for the finals.

8.Last season, Barkley was a regular in the Everton midfield.

He created more goalscoring opportunities for team-mates than any other English player in the Premier League, as well as chipping in with six goals of his own.

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