Chelsea suffered their joint-heaviest loss of the season Wednesday night, shockingly defeated 3-0 at home to Bournemouth in the English Premier League.
Second half goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake humilated the Blues in their own backyard and leaves them perilously close to dropping out of the top four.
Supporters were understandably fuming with the performance and were disappointed to see an under-par performance from one new arrival this January.
Ross Barkley was making his Premier League debut for the club but again didn’t look match fit after missing the first half of the season at Everton.
The England international failed to have an effect on the match at all and was eventually hauled off early in the second half.
Fans will be hoping he can show improvement in the coming weeks but didn’t miss with their criticism of his performance, even if some recognised it was in part due to his lack of fitness.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
pretty gutted to be the club that unfortunately got lumbered with Ross Barkley even if he's signed for his 'best years' the kid never had it and never will £15million in todays market is about £1.5 million which represents his true value #barkley #shite #CFC
— Andy (@AndyCFC10) January 31, 2018
It's only been a few games, but Barkley looks like a waste of money. He was awful today. #ChelseaFC
— Jay Austin (@RoanokeHokie) January 31, 2018
Barkley is awful. Terrible signing. Need to play him as a B2B midfielder and make him do the dirty work. not good enough or smart enough to have a luxury role
— Hudson-OdoiFC #ConteOut (@aReligiousPanda) January 31, 2018
Btw, that was an awful first half from Chelsea.. Barkley isn't ready to play for us.. man has been rusty
— Adesina Wales⚽ (@Sir_waless) January 31, 2018
If Conte starts Pedro or Barkley over Hudson-Odoi at the weekend it’s getting to the point where Conte’s just picking a poor lineup, just so he can pull out the ‘we have a small squad’ excuse. We have an 18 man squad of U23 footballers you can pick. Stop taking the piss man.
— . (@NunesNxscimento) January 31, 2018
Very, very poor performance. Hudson-Odoi was great, I think he was our best player. Barkley can't play in this formation, we need to start playing with 4 defenders, because we need to attack more.
— Gabi (@gabi__1904) January 31, 2018
Barkley has been poor
— karthik (@karthik_CFC) January 31, 2018
Why do we even sign the likes of Barkley, Giroud etc
— ChrisDany (@ChrisHwacha) January 31, 2018
Normally I stick up for Bakayoko but today he was awful. Barkley does not look match fit, Cahill looked slow and looked off the pace. Azpilicueta had one of his worse games in a Chelsea shirt. If they struggled today then think what Barcelona will do to us. #CHEBOU
— Chelsea FC Fan Club (@ConteBlueArmy) January 31, 2018