Ross Barkley aims to emulate 'idol' Frank Lampard and score 20 goals a season at Chelsea
Barkley waiting for first Chelsea goal with Blues heading to Newcastle on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports from 4pm
Last Updated: 26/08/18 11:15am
Ross Barkley says he wants to emulate his “idol” Frank Lampard and score 20 goals a season at Chelsea.
The 24-year-old has started both of Chelsea's opening two Premier League fixtures of the season, having struggled to impress following his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Everton in January.
Barkley admitted, in an interview with the Telegraph, he wants to add goals to his game under Maurizio Sarri as the Blues aim to extend their perfect start to the new league season against Newcastle on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Frank is an example for me. He joined the club at a similar age to me and was at a similar stage of his career.
Ross Barkley on Frank Lampard
The England international was limited to four appearances for Chelsea with a minor hamstring problem during the second half of last season but is confident he can improve on his best tally of 12 goals in the 2015/16 season.
"I believe I can hit the 20-goals-a-season mark,' Barkley said. "It's a lot, but it's achievable. You see Lamps do it and Stevie G (Steven Gerrard) and (Paul) Scholes.
"Frank is an example for me. He joined the club at a similar age to me and was at a similar stage of his career.
"He's someone to look at with the success he achieved for the club and for himself. He was an idol of mine from when I was a young lad, watching the Champions League and seeing the goals he scored.
"If I could achieve half of what he did here, then that would be a success."
See if Chelsea can make it three wins out of three as they go to St James' Park to face Newcastle on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4pm.