Harvey Barnes is to be recalled by Leicester City from his loan spell with promotion chasing West Brom.
The Telegraph’s John Percy broke the news, and it will come as a serious blow to the Baggies’ promotion chances this season, with Barnes playing a starring role for Darren Moore’s side.
The on-loan winger had nine goals to his name, which certainly makes good reading, and West Brom would have hoped to have held onto their talisman for the remainder of the season.
Moore’s side are currently fourth in the Championship table, but this latest news couldn’t have come at a worse time, with the Baggies due to host Norwich City on Saturday.
The West Brom boss might have to dip into the transfer market to find a replacement for Barnes, who will be a huge loss to the West Brom team.
So, how did West Brom fans react to Barnes’ departure?
See the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
Move Phillips out wide to where Barnes was and bring Harper into Phillips’ position. We’ll be alright #wba
— Tom Cannon (@TomCannon93) January 11, 2019
Bye Barnes and bye Promotion. #wba
— Kyran (@gwilt_kyran) January 11, 2019
The Harvey Barnes news is a massive blow 24 hours before a huge game. That’s going to deflate everyone. #wba
— Edward Mills (@EdMills_89) January 11, 2019
The worst thing about Barnes going back is that there’s probably no plans to replace him at all. Wondering where that attacking spark’s gonna come from without him. #wba
— Francis (@FrancisWba) January 11, 2019
Devastated about Barnes. Can’t not replace him but won’t stump up the money to bring someone in. Huge loss #wba
— Lewis (@lewis_harbon) January 11, 2019
Absolutely gutted about Harvey Barnes. And the recall coming before such a big game is a huge blow.
But now a big opportunity for someone new to step up. #WBA
— Guy Owen (@MrGuyOwen) January 11, 2019
Gutted to see Barnes go. Hope he makes a name for himself in the PL now, unbelievable talent #wba
— Joel Penn (@Joelwba) January 11, 2019
luckily for us we are in a strong position to get promoted with or without him.
— darryl smith (@barrelwba10) January 11, 2019
There goes our promotion hopes with Barnes going back to Leicester ???? we best have a back up plan ! @WBA
— mark (@MarkWalters92) January 11, 2019
If Barnes being recalled seriously affects a promotion push then let's be honest we don't deserve promotion. Top 2 teams should be able to deal with setbacks like this #wba
— jordan holmes (@jordan_wubba) January 11, 2019