Nice boss Lucien Favre admits he DON’T KNOW what position Ross Barkley is playing in after he switched from Chelsea this summer… before revealing the staff told him the midfielder is ‘more of an eight’
- Ross Barkley joined Nice for free this summer after Chelsea ripped up his deal
- It seems Nice boss Lucien Favre is not yet familiar with Barkley’s best position
- When asked if he’s “more of a No. 6 or a No. 8,” Favre looked confused in his answer
Ross Barkley has been far from garnering a resounding endorsement from his new manager at Nice, as Lucien Favre admits he isn’t sure what position the English midfielder will play in.
Barkley, 28, joined Nice after Chelsea paid his contract to make him a free agent.
The former England international, who had talks with Southampton before leaving for Nice, is said to have received around £7million before making the statement to France.
Cute boss Lucien Favre looked confused when asked about Ross Barkley’s best position
But it appears Favre, his new manager, is not too familiar with Barkley’s work at Everton, Chelsea or England, and admitted at a press conference on Wednesday that he is unsure of the midfielder’s best position.
‘On your mind, is he? [Barkley] more like a six, more like an eight…?’ a reporter asked.
“I’m told he’s more like an eight,” Favre replied, seemingly admitting that he wasn’t sure himself how best to use Barkley.
Nice made the move to the Premier League this summer to overhaul their squad.
The French side took down Aaron Ramsey plus Kasper Schmeichel and Fulham full-back Joe Bryan. Nicolas Pepe has also been loaned from Arsenal.
Barkley had ripped up his Chelsea deal (left) and joined Nice as a free agent earlier this month
Barkley has arrived and been given the number 11 shirt.
RMC Sports have explained in the summer that Favre was not particularly involved in the recruitment of players such as Ramsey, and more recently Barkley, but he will have to get a tune from players who have suffered barren years.
Barkley was highly regarded as a youngster, making 179 appearances for Everton, scoring 27 goals.
A move to Chelsea followed in 2018, but Barkley struggled to maintain a regular starting spot for the Blues and fell into the pecking order before tearing up his deal for good in the summer.
In total, he scored 12 goals in 100 appearances for Chelsea.
Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey becomes one of Barkley’s new teammates at Nice