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One to watch: West Brom’s 20-year-old midfielder Harvey Barnes

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One to watch: West Brom’s 20-year-old midfielder Harvey Barnes

Introducing The Boot Room’s 2018/19 One to Watch series…

There are high hopes for Harvey Barnes at Leicester City.

Earlier this summer, Barnes signed a new four-year deal before being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion for the upcoming Championship season.

He already has second-tier experience, after scoring five goals and assisting four in 1,408 league minutes on loan for the first half of last season with Barnsley.

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Barnes has already smashed in an absolute pearler this season, highlighting the danger he presents from range.

The direct threat he poses from out wide – he likes to start wide and drift inside where he is capable of shooting accurately on either foot – is an increasingly desirable trait in modern football.

Conversely, he is also adept at playing the final ball in such situations.

Sometimes, he simply just likes to take up position in the channel from the start.

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Darren Moore praised Barnes upon his arrival, pointing towards the Englishman’s X-factor.

 

“He is an exciting young player – one that I think our supporters will enjoy watching,” Moore told the club website.

“He’s got good experience of the Championship already and I am thrilled at the prospect of him adding his talents to our group. I couldn’t be happier that we have been able to bring him in.”

Season Ahead

Those comments are promising to hear as Barnes looks to get minutes under his belt in view of returning to his parent club and being integrated there.

In the meantime, it will be fascinating to see if he can put together a consistent 42-game Championship season.

He did well for six months last season before he was recalled in January by Leicester.

West Brom will certainly be leaning on him as a key pillar in their hopes to return straight back into the Premier League.

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