Alex McLeish has tipped David Moyes to reignite Ross Barkley’s career with a loan move from Chelsea to West Ham.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 57-year-old would be confident in getting the best out of the 27-year-old after their time at Everton together.
As reported by the Telegraph, Moyes is a huge fan of the attacking midfelder and a loan move to West Ham could be on the cards if Thomas Tuchel gives the green light this summer.
Moyes handed Barkley his Everton debut back in August 2011 and he played another 17 times under the Scottish manager.
Shortly after his debut, the current Hammers boss said the midfielder was always going to be an “outstanding” player.
Jamie Carragher namedropped the former Toffee as the man he wanted to replace Steven Gerrard in Liverpool’s midfield back in 2015.
However, the England international has faltered on loan at Aston Villa despite a bright start in the Midlands.
He has fallen down the pecking order recently and as such, a permanent deal at Villa Park seems unlikely.
With his future at Chelsea up in the air, McLeish admitted Barkley needed to get his career back on track.
As such, he suggested a reunion with Moyes could be the best thing for the attacking midfielder.
“Moyesy has known the guy since he’s been a kid,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“So there will be that element factored in. I would have thought Moyes’s thought process will be: ‘Well I know what makes him tick. I know how to get the best out of him.’
“He’s done it with Jesse Lingard, who is probably a complete stranger to Moyesy.
Enough of Gerrard now he's leaving. Replacement has to be Ross Barkley offer 10 million go to 12 tops job done.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 3, 2015
“If he can get the best out of those players, then he’ll feel he can get the best out of players he actually has a great affiliation with.
“Barkley came and he looked imperious in some of his Aston Villa performances. I’m not sure whether it’s been an injury or two that’s hampered him.”