One could point out that problems started to occur in West Bromwich Albion’s game after Harvey Barnes was recalled from his loan by Leicester City.
The Baggies fired manager Darren Moore afterwards, somewhat scraping into the play-offs, in which they were dominated by Aston Villa.
Barnes was a big reason for their early dominance, proving an important figure in their attack. Indeed, even his team-mates think his premature departure in January affected (Old Baggies via the Leicester Mercury) their chances of Premier League promotion.
Why wouldn’t it?, after all He scored 9 goals and assisted 6 times in his five-month loan spell, bringing energy and flair to spice up their attack.
If anyone is to be blamed, it’s West Brom’s fairly incompetent management. The way their partnership with Barnes ended prematurely should be a reality check for Luke Dowling. He should recruit the targets the right way from now on. Loaning players isn’t wrong, but it’s the manner in which you do it.
From now on, West Brom should look for the kind of loan deals according to their own benefits. They need to make sure players cannot be recalled again next season, leaving a big void in their system.
How West Brom’s attack mellowed down after Barnes’ departure was very surprising. However, the Baggies should take this as a lesson learnt to loan in more devoted players to go all the way into lodging a better push for Premier League promotion.
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