Might just be a coincidence but Geri and Ross' most productive seasons came at a time when the team resembled a joke Sunday League side and were languishing in mid table.
No responsibility required, just hang around up the park and have a play around when the ball gets to you.
When the team starts to resemble a proper footballing side with every man asked to do a job results improve but the luxury players stats fall off a cliff.
Like I say, probably nothing in it like.
I don't think it's a coincidence at all. I think a large part of the reason Barkley notched 22 goals/assists in 2015/16 was because he was in and around the box quite a lot and had the freedom to stay up field a lot more. It was reminiscent of Lampard actually.
The biggest disappointment for me with Barkley over the past year is that he's been miles outside the box too often when we're attacking. I don't know if that's a fitness or a decision making thing, but it's something I'd definitely hope to improve/go back to.
Both players contributed a lot because we were very attack oriented and I think both struggled a little with fitness and decision making this season about when to drop back to defend, when to really push on and attack/get in the box. (The United away game sticks out as a real example of Barkley being miles outside the box on a couple of breaks either unable to get up there or in two minds about whether to hover back so that he could help defend.)