West Brom have completed the signing of exciting young winger Harvey Barnes on a season-long loan deal from Leicester.
Barnes comes in to the Hawthorns just after Stoke announced the signing of Baggies winger James McClean for £5m, with many West Brom fans glad to see the back of the controversial Irish international.
Leicester’s academy graduate Barnes spent the first half of last season on loan at Barnsley scoring five goals and providing four assists in 23 Championship games before being recalled by the Premier League club. The 5ft 9in tall 20-year-old then went on to make three substitute appearances in the Premier League towards the end of the season.
The young Englishman can play on the left or in the centre and could well be a shrewd signing by Baggies boss Darren Moore, who can then use the McClean funds to strengthen other areas of his squad.
West Brom fans on Twitter were buzzing with the signing. Check out some of their best reactions below.
If Harvey Barnes beats the first man with his cross and even passes the ball to one of our players then that's a massive upgrade on Mcclean haha #wba
— Dan ⚽ (@ItsYouDanDanwba) July 23, 2018
Harvey Barnes 5 goals 4 assists in 18 games at Barnsley on loan he takes that into a full season he’s easily going to be in double figures for goals & assists 👍 & win win if the stoke money is used to strengthen elsewhere in the squad #wba
— Jason Wheeler (@lebouf1976) July 23, 2018
Hearing good things about Harvey Barnes from my Leicester pals 👍🏻👍🏻#wba
— Tommo (@Tommowba) July 23, 2018
Dno who Harvey Barnes is but he’s already better than mcclean #wba
— its naayyff. (@nathaldridge) July 23, 2018
For what it’s worth, a Leicester friend of mine says Harvey Barnes is a very exciting winger. Reckons he’ll do very well for us #wba
— Jem (@jemclay) July 24, 2018
Harvey Barnes > John Barnes
— Pint of Heroin (@JimmyGaudi) July 24, 2018
Welcome to the Baggies, Good Luck for the upcoming season – I’m sure the fans will love your style play – hope it works out for everyone ⚽️👍😀
— Carl (@callmeverbabes) July 24, 2018