Next up in our special-edition Young British Baller series is the LEICESTER forward! MATCH takes a look at the star’s story so far…
Even though he was born in Burnley, Harvey Lewis Barnes grew up in Leicester and is a product of the club’s academy, which he joined when he was just nine! The 23-year-old winger signed his first professional contract with The Foxes in June 2016, before making his first-team debut a few months later in the Champo League!
MADE IN THE EFL!
He didn’t become a first-team regular at that stage though, so he was loaned out three times by The Foxes to build his experience in the Football League! After successful spells at MK Dons and Barnsley, Barnes joined West Brom in the Championship on a season-long loan in 2018-19, but impressed so much during his time at the Hawthorns that he was recalled by Leicester six months early!
FOX IN THE BOX!
He was rewarded with a new five-year contract at Leicester in June 2019, and he’s flourished under the management of Brendan Rodgers! He ended 2019-20 with six goals and eight assists in the Premier League – an amazing return for his first season in the top flight! He’s already been directly involved in more goals this season and has plenty of time to add to his tally to boost his chances of playing for England at the Euros!
He’s made a handful of appearances for England at U18, U20 and U21 levels throughout his career, but didn’t make his senior debut for the Three Lions until October! Given the way he started the season for The Foxes, Gareth Southgate couldn’t ignore him any longer and named him in his squad for the first time. He made his debut as a substitute in the 3-0 win against Wales!
The ENGLAND youngster has been one of the surprise packages this season in the Premier League! We’ve taken a closer look at some of the rapid winger’s top numbers…
DID YOU KNOW?
He won the Golden Boot at the Toulon Tournament representing England Under-18s in 2017!
6 – He won MK Dons’ Young Player Of The Year Award after scoring six goals for them during a loan spell in 2016-17!
13 – He’s scored 13 goals so far this season for The Foxes – Jamie Vardy is the only player who’s scored more!
121 – He scored The Foxes’ fastest Premier League goal since Shinji Okazaki in August 2017 against Leeds in November, by netting after just 121 seconds!
5000 – His first goal in the Premier League for Leicester was the 5000th scored in the top four divisions in England in 2018-19!
88 – He attempted 88 shots during his short loan spell at West Brom. Nobody in the top four divisions in England had more by the time he was recalled by Leicester!
38 – He took 38 shots before scoring in the Premier League for Leicester in 2018-19 – nobody waited longer for their first goal that season!
40+ – He’s completed 40 successful dribbles so far this season in the Premier League!
217 – He averages a goal every 217 minutes this season in the Premier League!
10 EPIC BARNES FACTS!
Here are ten facts to know about the 23-year-old superstar!
- His favourite celebration was his golf swing against Chelsea in 2019-20!
- Growing up he used to watch Man. United a lot and tried to replicate Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo!
- His dad Paul used to be a deadly first-choice striker for the likes of Bury and Burnley!
- He’s best mates with Hamza Choudhury having both come through the club’s academy!
- He’s under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2024!
- He’s got over 120,000 followers on Instagram!
- He was given an epic 88-rated Future Stars card earlier this year on FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!
- He recently said that his most difficult opponent was Kyle Walker!
- He’s been nicknamed ‘The Ginger Messi’!
- He rocks the laced version of the adidas Nemeziz boots!