This article forms part of our Last Time Out feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player fared against his team’s next opponent the last time the two sides faced off.
Leicester City’s last outing against Aston Villa ended in disappointment, but Harvey Barnes can take encouragement from it.
He was one of the Foxes’ better players that night as they fell to a 2-1 defeat in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and were eliminated from the competition. Albeit in vain in the end, the 22-year-old put in a very respectable performance at Villa Park.
According to WhoScored, on top of his assist for Kelechi Iheanacho, Barnes also registered two key passes — the same amount James Maddison and Jack Grealish managed. There was a robustness to his game that night, too.
The English wide man made three tackles, the second most in his team, and won three aerial duels. All in all, it was a solid display and something for Dean Smith to bear in mind ahead of tomorrow’s fixture.
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As for Brendan Rodgers, it is clear that the Leicester boss rates Barnes highly, particularly for his “pace” and “power”, tipping him to make the England squad in the near future.
“You see his power and pace but his tactical idea is getting better. He’s getting into areas where he looks like he will score and he is also assisting goals,” the ex-Liverpool manager was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail last month.
“It is so pleasing to see. He works hard, he is calm, stable and focused. Gareth will be interested in any young English player and I’m sure it he keeps it up over the next number of months and years, he’ll be very close to that squad.”
Aston Villa, you have been warned.
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