True. He would have played this season up till January, probably improving a midfield that looks scared of doing anything individually with the ball apart from treating it like a hot potato. Now granted Barkley sometimes treated it like his very own potato half the time but at least it would have been a different option.
I can't help but think Barkley would have been more influential in some games than Sigurdsson. Yes, Barkley is too prone to having a stinker and when he does he is no use but if he hits a little bit of form he offer the ability to beat a man or two which Rooney and Sigurdsson don't have.
Some games might have been different with his pace and power