Rumours have intensified in the last 24 hours regarding West Brom midfielder Harvey Barnes and his potential recall to his parent club Leicester.
The 20-year-old has been in sensational form this season in the Championship, but returning to The Foxes will not only be damaging for West Brom, but for Leicester and Barnes too.
If history is anything to go by, Leicester were in a very similar position to this last season with the exact same player. Barnes was on loan at Championship outfit Barnsley, where he had scored five goals and four assists in 23 games before he was recalled in January. After his return he featured three times for Leicester.
After 12 games this season, the midfielder already has five goals and two assists, and is lighting up the Championship, with many calling for him to be selected for England. However, if he returns to The Foxes, the chances are that history will repeat itself.
It seems very unlikely that Barnes would usurp James Maddison as the attacking midfielder at Leicester, and while it is likely that he would get more game time than he did last year, he still would not benefit from playing week in week out at West Brom.
West Brom obviously lose out the most from this deal, that goes without saying, but Leicester manager Claude Puel will also struggle to accommodate Barnes in a position that he has a lot of depth in at the moment. Trying to juggle between players could be damaging to the side, and Barnes is likely to be the one to pay the price, just as he did last season.