Frank Lampard admits Ross Barkley has given him a ‘good problem’ after the midfielder’s performance in the 3-0 win over Burnley.
The 26-year-old was a surprise inclusion in the starting XI against the Clarets, playing on the right of the three in the middle of the park over Mateo Kovacic.
However, it was the correct decision, with Barkley putting in a decent display and linking up well with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James.
It has been another frustrating campaign for the England international this season, with just six Premier League starts to his name and another off the bench.
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But Lampard is hoping that Blues fans might be able to see the best of Barkley now after putting injury and off-field issues behind him.
“I hope so, I speak a lot with Ross,” Lampard said. “I really like Ross and his character. He came to me a couple of weeks ago and he said to me that it is just starting to feel good.
“It is a niggling injury and he is just starting to feel released from it. Today was the performance we want out of Ross, it was so positive.
“You saw his quality on the ball. He can hit right foot ball, left foot ball, take the ball well. He looked confident today. That’s part of Ross’ game that you could question from the outside is how confident is he when things go against him slightly.
“We know exactly what Ross can do. He is an England player, he is playing for Chelsea and deservedly so. He has given me a lot of thinking to do with that performance today.
“It is not easy for all the midfield there. I have had to have little difficult conversations with pretty much all of them at some point this season.
“That’s a good thing in terms of selection for me and trying to find the right balance. Different games require different things.