Chelsea’s £50m summer target thinks he is best suited as a striker

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who is being linked with a £50 million move to Chelsea, feels he can offer more by playing as a striker.

“I’m a striker,” the 21 year old told the Premier League’s official site. “I feel I can have my greatest impact there because I’m free to roam around the pitch, take players on, have shots and create chances.”

Barkley, who has caught the eye of the best clubs in the Premier League, has had a dip in form this season, but isn’t concerned.

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“From my point of view I haven’t done as well as I know I can, but things like this happen.

“You have to go through bad days to get to the great days you have in your career. Everything’s a learning curve.”

Barkley’s dip in form has coincided with Everton’s poor season but the England international insists the club will bounce back and he isn’t fazed by pressure.

“We haven’t been going through the best period at the moment but we’re going to come through this and be really good at the end of it. I don’t feel pressure. I believe in myself and I know what I can do.

“It’s not me feeling pressure, it’s just me putting pressure on myself if I don’t do my best, and I know I can do better.”

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Barkley has only scored twice in the Premier League, registering just 21 shots, whereas last campaign saw him net six times with 50 efforts on goal.

Whether or not Barkley is right about his playing position is for current boss Roberto Martinez to decide, but with reports linking him with the likes of Chelsea this summer, he will want to put in his best performances until the end of the season to remind everyone what he is capable of.

Barkley is in line for an appearance in England’s friendly against Italy tonight and will be keen to impress, but it is doubtful that manager Roy Hodgson will elect to play him as a striker.

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