NICE fans have raved about the “sleek” Ross Barkley since the ex-Chelsea man’s debut on Sunday.
The 28-year-old midfielder came on as a substitute in his new side’s 1-0 win at Ajaccio.
Barkley made a shock-free move to Nice earlier this month after being released from his Chelsea contract.
And some wondered what role he would take after new boss Lucien Favre admitted he was unaware of the position Barkley was playing.
But that didn’t stop the attacking midfielder from getting off the bench and making an impressive debut.
Barkley came on for Nice goalscorer Andy Delort with 20 minutes remaining.
And he quickly prevailed with some good touches and confident runs.
After the game, Nice tweeted fans asking for their opinion on Barkley’s first game.
And the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with one just beaming: “Elegant.”
Another said: “He brought a lot of movement and solutions. An English mentality will do us good.”
One tweeted: “This creative midfielder is what we’ve been waiting for.”
Another added: “Let’s hope he’s the midfielder we’re missing and regains his level. I thought he had a very good performance.”
Before kick-off, Barkley broke his silence on his move after watching Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel and Nicolas Pepe arrive at Nice ahead of him.
Barkley said: “Nice are an ambitious club. President Rivere and Dave Brailsford outlined the club’s multi-year growth project.
“Jim Ratcliffe also convinced me to come here and help the team progress.
“What also convinced me to come was the coach. He is a great European coach who plays attacking football.
“I could see him in his teams in Switzerland or Germany, I saw how his teams played and that influenced my choice a lot.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6197567/ross-barkley-chelsea-nice-transfer-debut-fans-praise/ Friendly fans rave about the ‘sleek’ Ross Barkley after the ex-Chelsea star made his debut in the 1-0 win over Ajaccio