Harvey Barnes has been loving life with West Brom in the Championship this season, but in the 4-1 thrashing of Leeds on Saturday evening he proved once again that he won’t be in this division for much longer.
The 20-year-old is currently on loan from Premier League club Leicester, and if they don’t recall him in January then we can surely expect to see him in the Foxes’ side come the 2019/20 season.
Against Leeds, Barnes played in attacking midfield alongside Matt Phillips as the Baggies demolished the Whites and moved up to fifth in the Championship table.
Darren Moore’s side started brightly and had chances to take the lead in the first half, but the two sides went into the break with the score still at 0-0. In the second period though, West Brom stepped their level up a notch as Hal Robson-Kanu and Matt Phillips fired them into a two goal lead.
Then, with just under 10 minutes to go, Barnes raced onto a loose ball and calmly slotted the ball past Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to make the result completely safe.
The goal was Barnes’ sixth of the season after just 17 league games. Add that to his three assists and that is a seriously impressive return for the young England U21 international.
Barnes was a constant threat against Marcelo Bielsa’s side as he racked up seven shots and two key passes. His energy and work-rate were also demonstrated by the five fouls committed on him, proving that the only way Leeds could find to stop him was fouling him.
While his passing accuracy stats could improve, Barnes is clearly a huge talent and he is enjoying a fantastic spell of form with the West Midlands side. However, it is also clear that if his performances stay at this level then he won’t be in the Championship for too much longer.