Leicester signing Tom Rogic could hinder Harvey Barnes’ development

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that Celtic’s Tom Rogic could be on the move with Leicester one club who are taking an interest.

What’s the word?

Rogic has been a consistent performer for Celtic down the years and was a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side whilst he was still in charge of the Hoops. And the two could now be set for a reunion if The Sydney Morning Herald are to be believed.

The newspaper are reporting that Leicester and Southampton are both tracking the 26-year-old, who could command a record fee for a Socceroo.

Celtic’s influential midfielder has had a frustrating season and was recently missing for over two months with a knee injury.

However, the Australian has now returned to the fold after an extended period out. In total this season, he’s scored five goals and claimed six assists in all-competitions.

Setback for Barnes

Since Harvey Barnes was recalled from West Brom in January, he’s struggled to really adjust to the Premier League. Yet in recent weeks since he’s been used as an impact sub, he’s looked a completely different player.

Barnes’ future clearly lies either behind the striker or on the flank and by signing Rogic, who operates in a similar area and boasts comparable attacking attributes, it could be a major setback for the 21-year-old.

The attacking midfielder has the chance to be a real wildcard next season and if Leicester manage his development right, he could turn out to be a major player for them.

Signing Rogic, therefore, sends the wrong message and would be needless competition given the options they have. The Australian would not force himself into a role behind the striker because of James Maddison and would only be a useful squad player at best.

Brendan Rodgers knows him well from Celtic but this is a reunion he must avoid if one of the Foxes’ most promising young stars is to flourish next season.

The Northern Irishman has developed plenty of rising stars in the past, he now needs to do the same at the King Power.