Just six league games into the Championship season and West Brom fans have started to see the potential of Leicester City loanee Harvey Barnes.
The 20-year-old has already netted two goal of the season contenders against Bolton and Norwich, along with terrorising defenders in every game this season.
Barnes has benefited in a new look Albion squad and style under boss Darren Moore. The attacker has found himself playing in the ‘number 10’ role behind strikers Jay Rodriguez ans Dwight Gayle. The position has suited Barnes with him being versatile moving over to each wing and with finding space in between opponents midfielders and defence.
Testament to the Englishman has been the amount of times he has been fouled each game, with Chelsea star Eden Hazard describing it as a ‘compliment’.
Everytime Barnes receives the ball he always manages to take Albion up the pitch. Whether it is him driving with the ball when spinning a defender or him getting a defender penalised. The youngster is key to Albion’s new dominant, passing philosophy to help them bounce straight back to the Premier League.
At only 20-years-of-age, Barnes has still got a lot of time to get to his potential, one of which is an England international. With Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate putting faith in young players and persevering with a 3-5-2 formation, similar to Albion, Barnes can most definitively thrive in the national set up.
With talk of young players such as James Maddison, Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho being talked of as potential call ups, Barnes could very soon see himself being put into that bracket.
Leicester fans, be excited about the future ahead for your young star and Albion fans, enjoy him while you can. I know I will.
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