Robinson shares 'massive' Barkley verdict amid West Ham report

Paul Robinson has backed David Moyes to get the best out of Ross Barkley next season if he joins West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 27-year-old’s next move is “massive” as he “needs to get his career back on track”.

The Daily Mail claim the Hammers are interested in signing Chelsea’s attacking midfielder this summer and would favour an initial loan deal.

A move to the London Stadium would see Barkley reunited with Moyes, a manager whom he excelled under and made his professional debut under as a teenager at Everton.

The 33-times England international has two years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Barkley’s future, Robinson said: “Barkley struggled at Villa last season, there is no doubt about it.

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“Next season is going to be massive for Barkley. He needs to get his career back on track and West Ham could be massive for him.

“He is definitely not going to get back into the Chelsea side when you look at how strong they are and you would also expect them to strengthen this summer after winning the Champions League. For that reason he needs to leave.

“He has to get settled somewhere and start finding his form again.

“At this age, I expected him to be a lot better than he is. His next manager will be crucial so it is vital that he goes to a club that has a good man-manager.

“I think Moyes would get the best out of him.” 

As quoted by the BBC, Ex-Everton manager Roberto Martinez once dubbed Barkley the ‘diamond of English football’ but his career has somewhat stagnated.

He spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at Villa Park and contributed three goals and one assist in 24 appearances in what was ultimately a difficult season.

In other news, a big update on Moyes’ West Ham future can be revealed after Friday talks.