Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley must keep upping the ante in west London.
That’s according to Premier League legend Alan Shearer, who reckons the England international needs to find consistency.
Barkley performed impressively against Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth-round clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues won 2-0 and the former Everton man grabbed the second.
He’s been on the fringes of the first-team since joining the club in 2018, with just 41 Premier League appearances to his name.
Shearer has now urged the 26-year-old to start proving the doubters wrong.
“We see glimpses of him doing things like this, with his ability he should be doing it on a regular [basis],” Shearer said on BBC One.
“Why isn’t he doing it week in, week out? Because the ability is without doubt there but we don’t see it often enough.”
Ex-Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson also suggested Barkley needs to find his groove more regularly.
Alan Shearer wants Ross Barkley to prove the doubters wrong
“He’s one of those players that he offers this quite a lot, he’s got so much speed and power,” Johnson said.
“He gets a bit of criticism because he doesn’t do this maybe enough.
“But the ability is there and he is one of the best players in the league for me when he’s doing this sort of stuff, breaking from deep and no one can catch him.
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“I don’t think [Joe] Gomez will be too happy with the defending here, just dropping off and not doing much.
“But give it to Ross Barkley there because it was a great run and a great strike.”
Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday [2pm kick off].