West Bromwich Albion supporters have been debating whether losing Grady Diangana in the January transfer window would have a bigger impact than losing Harvey Barnes last season.
— Baggies HQ (@BaggiesHQ) October 24, 2019
The Baggies signed Barnes on a season-long loan from Leicester City just over 12 months ago, and he flourished at The Hawthorns, scoring nine times and recording six assists in 26 appearances.
However, in January with Leicester somewhat struggling for goals in the Premier League, the Foxes recalled Barnes and left the Baggies with a big problem that January signing Jacob Murphy didn’t really resolve even though Albion finished in the top six.
There is a similar patter emerging at the start of this season, with Slaven Bilic’s side bringing Diangana in on loan from West Ham United in the summer and the attacker has made a real positive impression, weighing in with four goals and three assists so far.
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That end product has been hugely influential to West Brom’s start to the season so the west Midlands outfit will be desperate to keep him.
So, when @BaggiesHQ asked the fans whether losing the England U21 international would compare to Barnes’ exit, it prompted a few responses.
Here we look at what some Albion supporters had to say…
It would be a huge blow but this year we do have other similar options. So might not damage us quite as much. We would certainly be weaker without him even we brought in Gayle.
— The Last Blairite #TrueLabour (@LastBlairite) October 24, 2019
— steve WBA (@stevhc) October 24, 2019
Pereira would be worse to go bk. Harvey going bk killed our season last year.
— 🥒 rick (@picklemyrick85) October 24, 2019
— Jonathan Miles (@warleybaggie) October 24, 2019
It’s as bad really, @WestHam don’t x
— Kenneth Zohore… not. (@KinkyKenneth9) October 24, 2019