Future of loan star has West Brom worried ahead of crunch clash with Canaries
PUBLISHED: 15:29 10 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:44 11 January 2019
West Brom look set to lose loan star Harvey Barnes ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash with promotion rivals Norwich City - with fresh reports Leicester City have recalled the impressive youngster.
Sky Sports reported earlier this week it was likely Barnes would return to the Foxes.
Now the Daily Telegraph’s Midlands reporter, John Percy, tweeted on Friday morning Leicester have made their decision - and it spells bad news for Albion.
It follows Leicester’s decision to allow Fousseni Diabate to join Turkish side Sivasspor on loan until the end of the season after the 23-year-old Mali international made just three appearances during the first half of the campaign.
Albion boss Darren Moore was anxiously awaiting the decision of Foxes’ manager Claude Puel, with England Under-21 international Barnes having scored nine goals and set up another six this season – including a goal at Carrow Road as Norwich were beaten 4-3 back in August.
The winger had started all 26 of the Baggies’ league matches and been an integral part of keeping their promotion hopes alive.
Barnes found himself in a similar situation last season, when he scored five and claimed five assists during 25 games for Barnsley, then in the Championship.
A recall to Leicester followed in January but the creative prospect then made just six appearances for his parent club, making three brief substitute appearances in the Premier League.
“We’re in that window where there will be speculation,” said Moore, speaking earlier in the week. “We’ll keep going, Harvey will keep working with us,” Baggies boss Moore said after his team’s 1-0 home win over Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday.
“We’re just focused on making sure his training levels are right. If anything changes, we’ll let you know about it.”
The Baggies will also be sweating after their game against the Canaries, as they’re flying out to Dubai for a warm weather break straight after the match.
Moore – who has been nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month award for the fourth time this season – is making the most of a nine-day gap until a trip to Bolton the following Monday. Albion sit fourth and three points adrift of the Canaries following a 2-1 loss at Blackburn on New Year’s Day.