West Bromwich Albion have had their worst fears realised on Friday as Leicester reportedly triggered an option to recall Harvey Barnes from his loan spell at the Hawthorns. Rumours of such a potential call from Claude Puel have been around for a while, but many at West Brom held out hope that they would be able to hold onto the talented 21-year-old. Unfortunately that is not the case with the Foxes having confirmed that Barnes has been recalled from his spell at the Hawthorns. This is a huge blow to the club’s hopes of promotion to the Premier League this season, with Barnes contributing nine goals and eight assists to their Championship campaign so far. While players like Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle may have scored more, Barnes has been the real star for the Baggies this season, and losing him at this stage in the season is a bitter pill to swallow, as illustrated by the reaction from some fans below.
This is Futbol have rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Well that what happens when he isn’t your player.
Let’s hope club have contingency plans but knowing the Albion they won’t have.
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) January 11, 2019
The club have also just let Burke out on loan, if he is recalled it’s more shambolic backroom organisation from the club, I feel sorry for Moore. Mr Lai has no interest in the club, zero investment will get us nowhere
— Jon Newey (@JonNewey) January 11, 2019
The club knew this was a possibility so they should have a plan in place. Hope Barnes plays, I sincerely believe he is good enough now.
Give it 5 years he will be an England regular and we will all chant his name
— Jase Long (@JasonWba) January 11, 2019
Gutted about Harvey Barnes, didn't feel this bad when my first wife left me. #wba
— Kieron Norton (@kiowba) January 11, 2019
Harvey Barnes was good while it lasted. Hopefully Kyle Edwards gets a run in the team, definitely been impressed from what I’ve seen of him. Big boots to fill though as Barnes has been a top player for us this season #COYB #WBA
— Ben Haines (@BHaines86) January 11, 2019
We have just lost the best player in the championship.. absolutely gutted not to see Harvey Barnes play again for us. Top top player in the making. Exciting pacey gets bums off seats..we wont be able to replace him he was top draw.
— PRaTTbYNAMe (@BaggieboiJimmy) January 11, 2019
WBA currently looking for someone else we can borrow or another one of Darrens old team mates. Promotion depends on who we sign in the next 3 weeks.
— Andy (@DJAndyMole) January 11, 2019
worrying news as he has been such a big part of our success this season
— Tim Vanstone (@VanstoneTim) January 11, 2019