Express & Star confirmed on Friday afternoon that 16-year-old Louie Barry had left the club after rejecting the offer of a three-year contract.
However, their worst fears have now been realised with the youngster departing.
And reacting to the news on Twitter, fans were absolutely enraged that he was leaving the Hawthorns. One supporter claimed they may as well close the academy whilst another said it was pointless considering the compensation fees received for players was so low.
Other supporters took fire at the player as one suggested Barry had no loyalty. A further fan took issue by suggesting that money talks and he was moving simply for a higher salary.
Barry has also been attracting the interest of Barcelona and now he’s left, will be free to play elsewhere.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
Time to rethink that academy. Pointless when the fees are so low
— Big Slav’s miracle hair club for men (@PaoloWalnuts) July 5, 2019
Think they are better than they am, more interested im money than playing
— AknohS (@Shaun95710897) July 5, 2019
May aswell close that academy
— jay (@Jaywba1982) July 5, 2019
He’s only 16 and going to be moving country. What a baffling decision money talks though
— lukić (@l_jacksn) July 5, 2019
Shame. Let’s see if he becomes another Brown, Dhanda etc. But also it’s time for #wba to show the academy kids they’ll actually have a fair crack at ever reaching the first team. If you don’t do that then what’s the incentive to stay? What’s the point of having an academy at all?
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) July 5, 2019
It’s disgusting it can happen but usually whe it does these players end up being nobodies, must be due to the character they have for leaving in the way they do, ie Danda, Brown, Berahino and more and now we can add Barry to the list.
— AdKido44 (@AdKido44) July 5, 2019
Another youngster walks for nothing what a waste of time and effort by the club. I think this is a case of mummy and daddy having euro’s in their eyes and until the rules change when any club receive the proper compensation for their efforts I’m sorry academies have to go #WBAFC
— BDAWBA (@BDA_WBA) July 5, 2019
Another one slips through the net !
— neil (@vespaned) July 5, 2019
Absolutely no loyalty. Unnecessary move at this stage of his career. His future was already looking bright with Albion. This move is purely about money and greed. I hope he doesn’t regret this move long term like so many others !!!
— Bobcat19631 (@Bobcat19631) July 5, 2019