To rate the players from Leicester City currently on loan at other clubs and their form and performances is always a thrill. A number of posts and feels about them are not really enough to decide how everything is turning out.
Harvey Barnes, on a season long loan at West Bromwich Albion, has been impressive in the Championship, but the topic among Leicester City fans are, will he cope with Premier League football and is he really an answer to any of the challenges that Claude Puel have regarding the strengthening of the Leicester City team.
The youngster, still only 20 years of age has previously been at MK Dons and Barnsley, were he did well and had a great impact at League One and Championship level, so his move to West Bromwich Albion would probably be a safe one as he had a tall number of loan games at the two other clubs from before, with a good outcome.
West Bromwich are currently third in the Championship after a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa late Friday night and on Monday they drew 1-1 against Brentford at home. Harvey Barnes contributed well in both games, scoring the one against Brentford and assisting Dwight Gayle against Aston Villa.
He has been talked a lot about and the fans forums are running hot for and against the youngster and his possible career in the top flight. Some say he is too slow, and others say he is not as good as James Maddison, and his best positions are either out on a flank or in that Maddison role just behind the top forward.
If we look at how West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore are playing Harvey Barnes, he is used wide to the left either up front in a three men forward line, or at the left flank in a four men midfield. He manage to score and give many assists from his position and that is a key in the talk in favor of Harvey Barnes.
He is not the player in England with most pace, but surely not a slow player either, and if we compare him with the current flank players at Leicester City, he would be a direct competitor for a place in the first team especially challenging Marc Albrighton, who in my view is a similar player, and Barnes looks a better finisher.
Premier League is another level, but Barnes would be suitable for Leicester City now, with other flank alternatives Ghezzal and Diabate not really delivering when getting the chance. Claude Puel must surely have a plan with Harvey Barnes, to see him sold or not given a proper chance to prove himself in the Leicester City first team shirt would be a terrible decision to make.
Barnes has mostly been out on loan in the last three seasons, but we all remember his debut away to FC Porto in the Champions League back in December 2016. He has also represented Leicester City in the FA Cup, playing in the 0-0 draw away to Fleetwood. Claude Puel gave Barnes his Premier League debut in the 0-0 draw v. Southampton at King Power last season, and he followed up by being involved in those two memorable games at home to Arsenal and away at Wembley playing Tottenham.
Tcf loves to see young players from the academy getting a chance to shine in the right way and given a proper introduction, and not keep on buying fringe players from far away, but as we all know it’s a difficult balance to exactly be able to pin the right move always.
The way Ben Chilwell gradually made his way into the first eleven at Leicester City was by given a chance to go out on loan with Huddersfield Town, gaining experience before taking his next step. Other great examples of players doing exactly the same are Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane who we all know had loan spells at Leicester City. Danny Drinkwater and Kasper Schmeichel also had their fair run of loan spells at lower levels before making their break with Leicester City in the top flight.
Darnell Johnson, Josh Knight, Thakgalo Leshabela, Alex Pascanu and Callum Elder are other examples of players to watch, and of course the defender currently at Celtic, Filip Benkovic is one other hot prospect, but as stated with Barnes, playing in a league not really at Premier League level.
Would like to see Harvey Barnes given a proper run of games in the Leicester City first team before finally making up my mind about his abilities at the very highest level, but his overall level as a footballer is rising and shows some great promise,
- Full Name, Harvey Lewis Barnes
- Born, 09.12.97, Burnley
- Nation, England, Caps, U.21, 1
- 2016 ->, Leicester City, 3/0
- 2017, MK Dons, 21/6
- 2017-18, Barnsley, 23/5
- 2018-19, West Bromwich, 21/8
If you like to take a closer look on his accurate numbers, you can of course watch these stats and be able to make up your mind in your own way.
Other Leicester City players currently out on loan are,
- Islam Slimani, Fenerbahce, 11/1
- George Thomas, Scunthorpe United, 13/1
- Filip Benkovic, Celtic, 8/1
- Bartosz Kapustka, OH Leuven, 6/1
- Daniel Iversen, Oldham, 18/1
- Darren Moore, OH Leuven, 33/2