By Noel Whelan

27th Jul, 2021 | 9:29am

Newcastle could be about to hand Barkley 'his last shot at a Premier League club' - pundit

Noel Whelan has urged Ross Barkley to “take his chance” if he joins Newcastle United this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker said a move to St. James’ Park might be the 27-year-old’s “last shot at a Premier League club”.

According to Simon Phillips, speaking on the Si & Dan Talk Chelsea (27th July), the Magpies are in talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Barkley.

Steve Bruce is keen to bolster his midfield options ahead of the 2021-22 campaign and hasn’t given up hope of re-signing Arsenal’s Joe Willock.

Barkley, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, does not appear to be in Thomas Tuchel’s immediate plans at Stamford Bridge.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Barkley’s future, Whelan said:

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“We saw glimpses of his quality at Villa but I don’t think he game them enough over the season.

“It was a great opportunity for him last season and let’s be honest, he spurned it.

“His next move could be his last shot at a Premier League club. It didn’t work out at Everton, Chelsea or Villa so if Newcastle given him an opportunity he has got to make it work.

“Does he want to be a squad player for the rest of his career? Newcastle could be the place where he re-ignites his career but he has to be ready to take his chance.

“He looked lost at Villa when Jack Grealish wan’t playing last season.”

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