The perfect partner for Vardy: Why Leicester need to prevent Barnes from leaving

Tottenham have reportedly scouted Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, according to The Guardian. But whether or not Spurs decide to pursue their interest, it’s imperative the Foxes hold on to him.

What’s the word?

Because of Spurs’ new stadium debt, The Guardian are reporting that they are scouting a number of under-23 players. One of those is Barnes who has caught the eye for both West Brom and Leicester this term.

Barnes has quickly become one of the most exciting talents in English football so it’s not a great surprise to see him attracting interest from one of the Premier League’s top clubs.

The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at West Brom, where he thrived under Darren Moore. He originally came close to joining Leeds, even picking out a squad number, but preferred to stay closer to home.

After impressing at the Championship club, he was then subsequently recalled in January as then manager of the Foxes Claude Puel looked to reshuffle his attacking options.

However, the Midlands club could now be in danger of losing him.

Perfect player to help Vardy

When it’s come to goals over the last few season’s it’s been all about Jamie Vardy at Leicester. But in Barnes, Brendan Rodgers has someone not only capable of lifting the scoring burden from the England international but partnering him in attack too.

What caught the attention in particular about the 5 ft 9 youngster at West Brom was his creativity and eye for goal, scoring nine and claiming six assists during his spell with the Baggies.

Moore utilised him in a variety of positions, most notably on the left wing where he’s started for Leicester since returning.

But to get the best out of him, Rodgers should move him more centrally and closer to Vardy. Barnes has been averaging a mightily impressive 3.6 shots per game with the Foxes, a tally no one even comes close to in the Leicester team.

It provides evidence of his positional sense and ability to be in the right place at the right time. He may not have scored a Premier League goal yet, but his performances in the Championship suggest he can be the man to aid Vardy in attack.