ROSS BARKLEY hopes to emulate Chelsea legend Frank Lampard’s achievements by scoring 20 times this year.
The midfielder seems to have revived his career under Maurizio Sarri after a terrible first six months at the Blues.
Barkley, 24, arrived at Stamford Bridge in January in a £15m deal from Everton but made just two appearances for Antonio Conte.
And after impressing in pre-season in Sarri’s new 4-3-3 formation, Barkley wants to follow in Lampard’s goalscoring footsteps.
“He’s someone to look at with the success he achieved for the club and for himself,” he told The Telegraph.
“I’ve played with Frank and I saw what he was like around England, and how much of a top professional he was.
“He was an idol of mine from when I was a young lad, watching Champions League games and seeing the goals he scored.
“If I could achieve half of what he did here, then that would be a success. I believe I can hit the 20 goals a season mark.”
Blues legend Dennis Wise believes Barkley has made the most of his opportunities under Sarri.
The new Chelsea boss has started the midfielder in all seven of his games at the helm – including those in pre-season.
“There’s a big possibility and I think Ross Barkley can come into the fold here,” Wise exclusively told Goal.
“He has been given an opportunity under Maurizio. I am sure he has gone in and said that to them, that there is an opportunity for everyone. When Ross came in, he was never really played.
“You kind of felt, when you looked at the interview of Antonio, that he wasn’t the first choice option that he wanted at the time and I think that came across a little bit.”
Chelsea face a trip to Newcastle on Sunday (4pm), as they look to continue their 100 per cent start to the season.