Among all the surprising developments at West Bromwich Albion this season, little attention’s been given to their academy’s terrific work.
Some amazing young talents are rising through the ranks, with Louie Barry looking the likeliest to make the biggest impact in the near future.
The 15-year-old, who rose up the ranks after scoring 10 goals in five games for England U-15’s in a tournament last year, has been impressive with his goal-scoring continuity in the youth team, making waves. Excitingly, he’s shined for the Baggies in youth level, scoring quite a few goals in the U-18 divisions. Barry recently bagged a goal against Liverpool’s U-18 and also scored a brace for England U-16’s last month, looking like one of the most exciting things to come out of the Hawthorns in years.
Barry’s fantastic goal-scoring record’s gained a lot of attention, with La Liga giants Barcelona keen on signing him (via Express and Star). He’s that good. Well, at least he could be.
The striker’s sharp work in front of goal and stunning development has impressed those at the Camp Nou, surely a sense of pride for those working behind the scenes in the Midlands.
However, the Baggies cannot allow their unearthed gem to leave this soon.
He’s doing a great job under Mike Scott’s guidance, slowly turning into a promising striker who looks primed to break into West Brom’s team in a couple of years. After witnessing academy stars Rakeem Harper and Kyle Edwards’ great work, Barry could be the next big thing for the Baggies, helping propel the team forward.
Clearly, things have gone stale at the club in recent years, leading to their eventual relegation from the Premier League, so they must look to the future to start a new project, one capable of keeping the club in the top tier for a prolonged period of time.
If West Brom are serious in proving themselves are more than mere talent feeders for other clubs, they need to keep Barry with them. The brilliant wonderkid has a bright future ahead of him and can take them to new heights once he comes of age.
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