Darren Moore secured his fourth summer signing for West Brom yesterday, bringing in Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old impressed in the Championship during the first half of last season, scoring five and assisting four in 23 league games for Barnsley.
He went on to score five more for Leicester’s under-23’s in the second half of the campaign, which was enough to encourage plenty of other Championship clubs to lodge an interest this summer.
But West Brom won the race for his signature and he will join up with the squad for pre-season training.
Moore will be determined to guide the Baggies straight back to the Premier League a the first time of asking this season after their abysmal campaign ended in relegation.
He has brought in Kyle Bartley, Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond but Barnes becomes his first attacking signing of the summer.
But will the Leicester youth graduate prove to be a good acquisition for West Brom?
Definitely, he’s hungry, young and ambitious and that is exactly what the Baggies need.
He could be the surprise package of the season at the Hawthorns.
I like this deal.
Barnes is perhaps not ready for the Premier League but he is capable of performing in the Championship.
He did well in the second tier last season and I expect more of the same.
This is an exciting signing, especially if Barnes can reach his potential during the loan spell.
He already has Championship experience under his belt and he will return to the second tier a much-improved player after spending time in and around Leicester’s first-team.
The lively winger offers goals and assists and is a great replacement for James McClean.
Barnes tore up the Championship in a poor Barnsley side that were eventually relegated.
Playing for a side with a better quality of player will only improve the Leicester loanee.
He has had a taste of Premier League football having made his debut for his parent club last year after a highly successful half-season loan at Oakwell.
The midfielder is a man who boasts exceptional potential and West Brom could be the perfect place to develop, especially under Darren Moore.