Carlton Palmer has warned that Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley’s injury record could lead to his career turning out like former West Ham player Jack Wilshere.
Barkley, himself, has been linked with a switch to the Hammers this summer, with manager David Moyes having previously worked with him at Everton, but Palmer feels any club should think twice before making an offer for the 27-year-old:
“Everybody keeps saying everywhere he goes, ‘Can he revive his career, can he revive his career?’ Ross doesn’t play enough football games. He’s a quality football player, quality football player. He just has too many injuries, similar to Jack Wilshere – quality football player, just too many injuries.”
To be fair to Barkley, the midfielder did manage to play 27 times in all competitions last season, although he did pick up a hamstring problem which kept him out for the best part of a month at the end of last year.
In terms of a potential switch to the London Stadium, it is believed that the Irons are focused on snapping up Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard. However, there have been claims in recent days that the attacking midfielder could stay at Old Trafford so a move for Barkley as a potential alternative cannot be completely ruled out.