Kevin Campbell claimed Aston Villa will not like the public show of frustration from Ross Barkley after he was substituted against Arsenal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said the 27-year-old “is desperate to play every minute” after a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge.
Barkley was replaced by Jacob Ramsey 78 minutes into Villa’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.
The England international shocked viewers when he reacted angrily to Dean Smith’s decision to withdraw him, and kicked a water bottle in protest.
Former Claret and Blue Alan Hutton told Football Insider that Barkley is treading a fine line with his behaviour.
Campbell suggested Dean Smith and the club would not be happy with the midfielder’s actions.
“Players are disappointed coming off for whatever reason,” he told Football Insider.
“Sometimes players react and Barkley has. Yes, managers do not like it and clubs do not like it but football is an emotional game.
“It is important to remember that Ross Barkley is only on loan at Villa. He may be frustrated. He is desperate to play every minute because he has suffered at Chelsea.
“That was a little bit of frustration coming out of Ross Barkley but I would not read too much into it.”
Villa signed Barkley on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea in September.
He has scored four goals in 15 appearances this season, having missed the entirety of the festive period with a hamstring injury.