Claude Puel has come under a fair bit of criticism so far this season due to the style of football that Leicester are playing.
The Foxes seem turgid and lack any fluency in their play, despite having some very talented attackers. The likes of Jamie Vardy and James Maddison have bailed the club out at times, however, which will worry a lot of fans.
The great thing for their club is that they have some young players coming through that can inject energy and creativity into a lacklustre team. Moreover, the return of one of those youngsters could be the key to reigniting their season- Harvey Barnes.
Barnes joined Leicester’s academy in 2007 as a nine-year-old and made his Premier League debut for the club last season. However, he was deemed surplus to requirements at the King Power Stadium at the beginning of the season and was loaned to Championship outfit West Brom.
It is with The Baggies that Barnes displayed what a player he is, as he was nothing short of a sensation for the club. In 26 Championship matches, he scored nine goals and racked up six assists, where he proved to not only be a great creative influence, but also a goal scorer. His versatility also helped West Brom surge to the top end of the Championship.
However, with so much success was the inevitability that he could return to Leicester, and so he did. He has now made one start for The Foxes, but promises a huge amount.
Fans will only need to look at the success that Maddison had in the Championship last season with Norwich to understand what an influence the 21-year-old Barnes can have in blue this season. Alongside Maddison, Barnes can spearhead a dangerous attack that teams will struggle to cope. With an eye for a goal, elusive dribbling and excellent passing, Vardy can have a field day in front of Barnes.
Very few teams have the luxury of recalling such a successful player, but Barnes has to prove that it was worth it.
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