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Ally Robertson: Harvey’s in great nick for West Brom, Leicester should let him stay the season

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an Albion player score a goal like Harvey Barnes’s equaliser at Hillsborough.

Harvey Barnes. (AMA)
Harvey Barnes. (AMA)

You can’t picture anybody taking the ball in his own half and driving at the heart of the opposition defence like that in the past three or four years.

Cyrille Regis used to do it, Bomber might have done it a few times, but recently – nothing immediate springs to mind.

Barnes has been a superb signing. He picks up the pace of our attack and at his best, he’s simply unplayable.

It’s vital he stays for the whole season. Leicester will probably contemplate taking him back in January but if they did, would he become a regular in their side?

It’s unlikely with James Maddison impressing so much in that role. Barnes is developing well at The Hawthorns, so it’s in their best interest to leave him be.

Fans will want Albion to try and sign him permanently, but let’s be honest, there’s no chance Leicester are going to sell him.

If he carries on like this, we wouldn’t be able to afford him anyway.

Darren Moore has added more fire-power to his attack this week with the addition of free agent Bakary Sako.

He follows Wes Hoolahan – who made an impact off the bench on Wednesday – as an experienced Championship performer.

Considering our team is littered with players used to playing in the Premier League, signing some second-tier know-how is not a bad idea.

Hoolahan and Sako won’t play many full games, but will be useful as impact substitutes off the bench.

In the Championship, if you score goals, you’re always in with a shout, as we saw on Wednesday.

In the Premier League, the game would have been over at 2-0 with five minutes to go – teams are simply too savvy.

But this league surprises and excites at every turn, and that’s why Darren Moore is loading up his attack with options.

I am still slightly concerned by the defence but there are signs of improvement.

A few weeks ago they were all over the shop but they’re getting to know the positions they’re playing now.

Finally, a word for Chris Brunt, who set up both goals on Wednesday and the first assist in particular was a brilliant ball with his weaker foot.

I personally think Brunt’s best position is out wide rather than inside, but he is someone who, in my opinion, should be in the squad every time.

His attitude is spot on, and he was one of few players to come out from last season with any positivity.

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