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Exclusive: Sky Sports pundit issues his thoughts on West Brom’s quest for Harvey Barnes’ replacement

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West Brom are likely to be in the market for a winger, as they look to replace Harvey Barnes who was recently recalled by Leicester from his loan spell. 

There will be fears amongst West Brom supporters that they could drop out of promotion contention without Barnes, who had been their star player this season.

In an exclusive interview with FLW’s Jacob Potter, Sky Sports pundit, Danny Higginbotham fears that his recall could take some of the momentum away from a positive start to this year’s campaign.

“It’s a difficult one, I’ve seen West Brom play a few times this season and without doubt, he’s been a standout player for them.

“When you lose a player of his quality, it can take some of the momentum away.”

The former Manchester United defender also stated that he’ll be hard to replace, after making a name for himself in the Championship with Darren Moore’s side.

“When he finds the space in the number ten role, Barnes is difficult to stop. A player of his quality is different to replace, because he’s very talented, and he’s scored some special goals but he also assisted a number of goals.”

But there is no shortage of goals in this West Brom side, and Higginbotham feels that if anything, the Baggies need to address their defensive problems first, before they find Barnes’ replacement.

“West Brom know where the back of the net is, so they’ll be hoping that this is something that can work in their favour, even though they’ve lost a very talented player in Barnes.

“For West Brom, it’s a more defensive problem this season, and they need to address their defensive issues, as if they do that, then they have to be serious contenders for promotion.”

West Brom will be looking to keep themselves in promotion contention when they take on relegation threatened Bolton Wanderers, in a game where they will be expected to pick up three points.

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