Harvey Barnes continued his hot start to this season, scoring his second goal in three games to help West Bromwich Albion to a 4-3 win away from home against Norwich City.
Barnes’ flexibility was again on display. Starting on the left and playing most of his 65 minutes on the field there, the 20-year-old at times found himself shifted out to the right.
He then played a portion of the second half playing through the centre, where he was able to get into positions closer to goal.
He took three shots in the second half, and with the final one, he guided a first-time curling effort past Tim Krul to put West Brom 3-1 up.
Barnes was generally tidy, completing 91% of his passes. But he also did not take any great risks.
He does, however, continue to show how dangerous he is when given space to run at teams at the edge of the box.
Not only is he able to fashion chances for himself from these positions – both his goals this season have come from outside the penalty area – but he is acutely aware of where he can use one-two passes with a team-mate to create space for himself to score.
Contrastingly, Barnes still looks like a liability defensively.
He is small, slight, and does not possess elite level endurance.
Barnes likes to float when his team is out of possession, looking to take up position in areas where he can damage in transition when his team win the ball back.
This puts pressure on the experienced Kieran Gibbs at left-back.
Nonetheless, the start to the Leicester loanee’s season has been overwhelmingly positive.