West Brom fans are sure to still be reeling following the recall of star-man Harvey Barnes to Leicester City, and the blow is unlikely to be softened by the news that manager Darren Moore is looking to sign out of contract forward Giles Barnes, according to the Sun on Sunday (January 20. Page 63).
Barnes, 30, most recently played in the MLS for Colorado Rapids but is a free-agent following the end of their season in October and has been training with the Baggies with a view to penning a deal with them for the remainder of the season.
So would Barnes be a good signing for West Brom?
“Why offer a deal to a failed MLS player when you have a player in the same position, and better, out on loan?
“It does not make sense to me replacing Oli Burke with Giles Barnes, who is 30-years-old and what I would consider a poor signing.
“I don’t see how Barnes is a better option than what they already have. Waste of money, really.”
“He is a free agent so there is little to no risk involved and the Baggies need to be shrewd this month given their financial position.
“With Harvey Barnes leaving they certainly need more firepower up front.”
“I’m sure that’ll be said by my colleagues, but they would have preferred Harvey.
“I’m not sure there’s much in this to be honest.
“I’d probably steer clear.”
“It’s a bizarre move.
“I’m not sure the out-of contract winger is the right man to replace Harvey Barnes for the remainder of this season.
“I’m not convinced he is the man to fire West Brom to promotion.”