By Sean Taylor, Press Association Sport
Published: 10:42 GMT, 31 October 2020 | Updated: 10:42 GMT, 31 October 2020
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hailed the impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival from Chelsea.
The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield and scored twice in his three appearances for Villa since joining the club on a season-long loan deal this month.
He was instrumental, linking up seamlessly on his debut with Jack Grealish, in Villa's sensational 7-2 dismantling of Premier League champions Liverpool, scoring his new side's fifth goal early in the second half.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has hailed the impact Ross Barkley has had since his arrival
The 26-year-old has impressed in midfield since joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea
Barkley, who is under contract at Chelsea until the summer of 2023, also scored an injury-time winner at Leicester in Villa's 1-0 victory.
Smith believes that Barkley's performances for his team reflect his ambitions to be part of the England squad for next summer's European Championship.
'He's someone I felt we needed,' said Smith ahead of Villa's Premier League game at home