Leicester City manager Claude Puel faces a fraught week with his future on the line, which could open the door for West Bromwich Albion re-signing Harvey Barnes.
The Foxes and the King Power faithful are growing more and more frustrated as results continue to falter while playing dire football under Puel, with the former Southampton boss only holding a 39.53% win rate since succeeding Craig Shakespeare in October 2017.
The current campaign has been particularly enraging for all involved, with Puel overseeing nine Premier League wins in 22 games, which have only involved 26 goals for Leicester – somehow enough for eighth place, however.
Saturday’s defeat to season-long strugglers Southampton even saw stewards confiscating plaques stating they want ‘Puel out’, but the message appears to have got through with Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers now being linked to the job.
The former Liverpool manager is said to be interested in a return to the Premier League, and could be handed the chance if Leicester fail to beat fellow midlands outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. The suggestion is that a third loss in a row will see Puel sacked.
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If Puel is called to one side on Saturday evening and handed his P45, his dismissal would be a blessing for West Bromwich Albion, as it would open the door for Barnes to return to the Hawthorns.
It was the Frenchman’s belief that the 21-year-old could offer his Foxes side something different that led to the attacking midfielder’s season-long loan deal called short, but the new man in charge may not hold the same feelings.
Should that be the case, Moore has to be straight on the phone to bring Barnes back to the Baggies after the WBA manager utilised his services on 26 occasions in the Championship – starting every possible game.
In the first, and only, game without the England Under 21 international so far, West Brom’s midfielders struggled to create chances and ultimately ended the day drawing at home to Norwich.
Barnes, meanwhile, scored nine goals and assisted a further six when wearing navy blue and white, while creating 39 key balls from a total of 640 passes.
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