Securing second in my ranking of the three best wingers of modern Leicester City history is someone who I always expected more of. Saying that, he still produced great moments of quality for us and enough so that he would attract attention from other teams. I of course refer to academy graduate turned Newcastle United player, Harvey Barnes.
It’s hard to blame Barnes for leaving to go to Tyneside considering his consistency in goal scoring and the Foxes’ relegation from the Premier League. He was our highest scorer in our nightmare season and he had been getting better with each passing campaign. He’s a player I truly think might still be here if we had managed to stay up. Another “what if” brought on by relegation, thanks Brendan.
Given that Harvey Barnes was an academy player and was such a high performer in a team that really didn’t seem to try it was disappointing to see him leave and especially for what the club got in return for him. Same applies for James Maddison. Both were sniped by other teams while Leicester were at their lowest. That travesty aside, I liked Barnes a lot when he started “getting it”.
This meaning he realized that he either had to learn how to pass or learn to score when he decides he won’t pass. I still think he had some learning to do as he could be better as a distributor at times, but thats easy for me to say sitting at home stuffing my face while he’s down on the field. Hopefully he continues to progress under Eddie Howe and becomes a star for Newcastle United.