Barrow’s agent spoke out recently about his disappointment that he wasn’t allowed to leave Bologna despite interest from Fulham and OGC Nice.
He claims that an offer of €16m (£14m) would be enough to prise him away from the Serie A side this summer, where he has struggled for regular game time in recent seasons.
The agent told Il Resto del Carlino: “We are certainly not happy. Torino wants him and he was also requested by Nice and Fulham but the demands of Bologna block the exit. The club asks for €16 million and I wonder how you can ask for such a figure for a boy who doesn’t even play?”
Last season saw Barrow make 34 appearances in Serie A for Bologna, in which he contributed six goals and six assists, averaging a solid 6.75 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He hit 17 goals in the previous two league campaigns combined, so clearly knows where the back of the net is, and he could take some of the pressure off Aleksandar Mitrovic in Silva’s side this season should he make the move to Fulham.
According to FBref, the seventh-most similar player to Barrow in terms of style of play is the Spurs sensation, who finished as the joint-top scorer in the Premier League last season after a sensational campaign for Antonio Conte’s side.
The two players would average very similar numbers last season with regards to pass completion rates (76 vs 76.3), shot-creating actions per 90 (3.63 vs 3.86) and tackles (both 12).
This suggests that they can both be influential players in the final third and love to get goals and assists, but are also willing to track back and work hard for their team, which is something Silva would surely appreciate in a player.
WhoScored also suggests that both Barrow and Son excel at playing key passes, taking long shots and crossing, which suggests that they are equally comfortable cutting inside from the wing and influencing play, as they are taking the ball to the byeline and crossing for a teammate, something which is essential at Fulham to get the best out of Mitrovic.
Therefore, Fulham should definitely consider bringing the £14m man, who was dubbed a “beast” by scout Jacek Kluig, to Craven Cottage this summer, as if he proves to be even half as good as Son, then Silva will have an excellent player on his hands.