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England midfielder Ross Barkley will inherit the number eight shirt once worn by Chelsea's record scorer Frank Lampard and hope for a similar career trajectory after joining the London club from Everton Friday. Premier League champions Chelsea confirmed that 24-year-old Barkley had signed a 5-1/2 year contract, having initially turned down a move to Stamford Bridge in the close season.Lampard was 23 when he joined Chelsea from West Ham United in 2001 and went on to score 211 goals for the Blues in all competitions.Liverpool-born Barkley made 179 appearances for the Merseyside club he joined as an 11-year-old, scoring only 27 times in all competitions.
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