Leicester City has recalled young English midfielder Harvey Barnes from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion. The 21-year-old joined the Baggies after signing a four-year contract with Premier League side Leicester in July and is highly regarded at the King Power Stadium.
The Leicester Mercury report that manager Claude Puel had planned to leave Barnes on loan for the whole season, however since last week the club have hinted a desire to bring him back to the club, which they have now done. He has played a key role at The Hawthorns this season, scoring nine goals in 26 Championship appearances, with the club fourth in the Championship and just three points off an automatic promotion place.
West Brom manager Darren Moore said: “He has clearly played an important role for the team over the first half of this season. He has been a pleasure to work with and a popular figure within the club. We are proud to have played a role in his development and we have nothing but good wishes for him in his future career.”
When asked why Barnes was recalled, Puel said: ”There are different reasons, but the principal reason is because I think he can help us. I watched his games and I’m happy about his progress, he played very well. I would like to thank West Brom and their manager because he gave him good opportunities to play. He gave his best for West Brom.”
“I think it’s a good moment to come home and help his team-mates. He is a clinical player, he can push, he can make good penetration, and behind he can keep a good pressure and calm to finish his moves. I appreciate his qualities. Harvey can give different options for us. He can play left side, he can play like a striker or just behind the striker.”
“I like his runs, he has a lot of power, quickness and behind he has good clinical edge, with good feet and and good moves. He can bring good help. I was happy to see him at West Brom to take confidence and character in his game. He’s a player who can start the moves and finish the moves. He wants to score and wants to give good service. He’s a complete player.”
Subject to Premier League approval, Barnes will be eligible for Leicester City’s Premier League fixture against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.