Last night saw plenty of Champions League action, but for The Baggies, it was only the action at The Hawthorns that they were interested in. Darren Moore’s side overcame Bristol City 4-2 on the night and young Harvey Barnes was the architect as he grabbed himself a goal and two assists to see off Lee Johnson’s City. Now, though, the fans are calling for Barnes to be signed permanently.
The 20-year-old attacker has now got himself three goals and two assists in his short time with West Brom and it’s no surprise that he fans want him full-time after his loan ends. Moore secured the deal for Barnes over the summer as he came down from Leicester City and he’ll be integral to any kind of promotion push that The Baggies make this season.
Barnes has so far been deployed as a left-winger and as an attacking midfielder and it was in that central role where he thrived last night. After a Jay Rodriguez penalty gave the home side the lead Barnes started to turn it on. He laid on two assists in five minutes for Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle before scoring a delicious effort of his own in the second half to take the game beyond Bristol City and his performance has made the fans call for more.
You can read The Baggies’ verdict on Barnes here:
— Oliver Swaby (@OliverSwaby68) 19 September 2018
Barnes with out question man of the match last night the guy is a class act and at times unplayable , Sam Johnstone deserves huge credit if it was not for them saves earlier on could have been a different story , started 2 of our goals to #wba
— Jason Wheeler (@lebouf1976) 19 September 2018
Harvey Barnes put in one of the most exciting performances I've ever seen from an Albion player last night.
It was right up there with Koumas Vs Forrest.
— John Joe McCreedy (@John_Joe) September 19, 2018
Thought Bristol City could have easily beat us last night, we look so shaky at the back. After 60 minutes Phillips was shattered and needed taking off. Luckily we have players that put their chances away. Without Barnes we’d be screwed
— steve WBA (@stevhc) September 19, 2018
— __a.r.c.h__ (@A_Small_Arch) September 19, 2018
13 goals in our last 3 home games Gayle and Jay Rod on the score sheet yet again, and Barnes was sensational.. 2 brilliant assists and a sublime finish. This lad has a very bright future.#COYB#wba#WBABRI@dwightgayle@harveybarnes97@JayRodriguez9 https://t.co/ux2CHBxUK6
— Dean Murphy (@murph_D_) 19 September 2018
— John Faz Farrington (@johnfaz89) 18 September 2018
Phenomenal performance by Harvey Barnes again. Hope Leicester don’t invoke their recall option in January. Future England international. Exactly what’s missing from that side. Excellent prospect. #wba
— Dan (@Danwba1) September 18, 2018
The Baggies are loving life at the moment and they’ll be desperate to hold onto Barnes past January and sign him up on a permanent deal.