Harvey Barnes has been a standout performer this season in a West Brom side which is blessed with talent, and the rate of his progression hints at a glowing future at both club and international level.
There has been plenty of speculation in recent weeks which suggests Barnes could be set to cut his loan spell short with the Baggies, such is the extent of his brilliance so far.
With 5 goals and 2 assists to his name in the Championship this season it seems that Barnes is set to play a key role in West Brom’s promotion push, and his impressive domestic form earned him his first cap for the England U21 side against Scotland last week.
Following his landmark appearance at international level, Barnes spoke to Sky Sports about his season so far and he reserved a few encouraging words for Phil Foden after he roomed with him on England duty.
“Phil’s a great young player. There is a lot of attention around him at the minute, which is deserved.
“Rooming with him you get to know him a lot better, he’s a great lad. He’s getting in a great Manchester City at such a young age, but you can see his quality in training.”
Whilst Barnes and Foden still have plenty of developing to do before they can expect to cement a place in Gareth Southgate’s first-team, the relationship the pair are building away from the field could well contribute to a formidable partnership on the field.
A pair of attacking-minded midfielders by trade, Foden and Barnes both have the potential to blossom into fantastic central midfielders in the future.
With a defensive-minded anchor in behind them, the budding international’s could eventually find themselves lining up alongside each other in the same England team, and the fact they are already developing a friendship outside of the white lines will certainly enhance their understanding.
Time will tell if Barnes is destined to reach the dizzy heights which Foden appears inevitably set to achieve, but if he is able to build on his early promise and blossom into a top Premier League talent, he may well find himself bossing a midfield alongside his U21 teammate in the future.
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