Nice boss Lucien Favre DOESN'T KNOW what position Ross Barkley plays

Nice boss Lucien Favre concedes he DOESN’T KNOW what position Ross Barkley plays after he joined from Chelsea this summer… before revealing staff have told him the midfielder is ‘more of an eight’

  • Ross Barkley joined Nice on a free this summer after Chelsea ripped his deal up 
  • It appears Nice boss Lucien Favre is not yet familiar with Barkley’s best position
  • Asked if he is ‘more of a No 6 or a No 8’ Favre looked confused in his response 

Ross Barkley has had far from a ringing endorsement from his new manager at Nice as Lucien Favre concedes he is unsure what position the English midfielder plays. 

Barkley, 28, joined Nice after Chelsea paid up his contract to make him a free agent.

The former England international, who had talks with Southampton before heading for Nice, is understood to have received around £7million before making the statement move out to France.

Nice boss Lucien Favre looked confused when asked for the best position of Ross Barkley

But it appears Favre, his new manager, is less-than-familiar with Barkley’s work with Everton, Chelsea or England, conceding in a press conference on Wednesday that is he is unsure of the midfielder’s best position.

‘In your mind, is he [Barkley] more of a six, more of an eight…?’ one journalist asked.

‘I’m told he’s more of an eight,’ Favre responded, seemingly admitting he himself is unsure of how best to use Barkley. 

Nice have turned to the Premier League this summer in a bid to overhaul their team.

The French side picked up Aaron Ramsey plus Kasper Schmeichel and Fulham full-back Joe Bryan. Nicolas Pepe has also joined on loan from Arsenal. 


Barkley had his Chelsea deal (left) ripped up and joined Nice as a free agent earlier this month

Barkley has arrived and been handed the No 11 shirt.

RMC Sport have detailed over the summer that Favre was not particularly involved in the recruitment of players like Ramsey, and more recently Barkley, but he will need to get a tune out of players that have suffered barren years.  

Barkley was extremely highly rated as a youngster and made 179 appearances for Everton, scoring 27 goals.

A move to Chelsea followed in 2018 but Barkley struggled to hold down a regular starting spot for the Blues and fell down the pecking order before they ripped his deal up for good in the summer.

In total he scored 12 times in 100 games for Chelsea.

Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be one of Barkley’s new team-mates at Nice


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