If we think of the best current English midfielders, the names of Jude Bellingham, Connor Gallagher, Cole Palmer or Phil Foden come to mind. However, very few will think of Harvey Barnes, a player who has been underestimated despite his potential.

The 26-year-old came through the youth ranks at Leicester City, working his way up through the ranks to the first team, where he made a total of 187 appearances, most of which he shone.

In fact, in his final season with his lifelong club, he scored a Premier League record 13 goals, making him his team’s top scorer that season.

His versatility as a goalscoring and assisting winger made him a valuable signing for Newcastle United, who acquired him for a reported £38 million this past summer.

Barnes and his influence on the game:

Barnes is a midfielder who usually plays in the winger position noted for his pace and ability with the ball at his feet. The Englishman is able to easily outpace opposition defenders with his pace and dribbling.

He also stands out for creating a constant danger in the opposing area and has an extraordinary vision, which allows him to provide numerous goal assists.

A great example of his qualities was seen last weekend when Barnes came off the bench and scored two crucial goals in a dramatic 4-3 win over West Ham at St James’ Park.

‘Magpies’ manager Eddie Howe was quick to praise the player’s performance in his post-match comments.

A promising future:

With Barnes in their ranks, Newcastle United fans have reason to be optimistic. His ability to score goals and create chances will be central to the team’s aim this season: to secure a place in European competition for the 2024/2025 campaign.

So far this season, and despite two long-term injuries, Harvey Barnes has made a mark on Newcastle United that will be hard to erase, establishing himself as a fan favourite.

Fans will be hoping to see more exciting moments and valuable contributions from this talented English winger in the coming seasons. His promising season is just the start of what could be an exceptional career at St. James’ Park.

Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.

Main image: @NUFC.

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