As reported by Chronicles Live, Newcastle United officially introduced Harvey Barnes as their third signing of the summer just before the friendly match against Aston Villa. The ex-Leicester City player marked his debut with a brief appearance in the 3-3 draw. Prior to this, he had been rumoured to be a target for Unai Emery’s team and West Ham United.
Barnes’ Difficult Season At The King Power Stadium
Barnes had a tough campaign at Leicester City after he failed to keep them in the Premier League. Still, the talented winger did well to put in a few impressive performances in the final third.
The 25-year-old found the back of the net 13 times and earned three assists in 40 appearances for the Foxes last season in various competitions. Barnes caught the eye by averaging 2.1 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, he was guilty of being a bit untidy with his ball distribution, as he completed only 73.5% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).
What Will He Bring To Newcastle United?
Barnes maintains his proficiency in dribbling and has the ability to create valuable scoring opportunities for his teammates. While he possesses a strong and accurate long-range shot, he should work on becoming more ruthless in front of the opposing goal.
With his addition, Newcastle’s attack, led by manager Eddie Howe, will gain increased pace and goal-scoring threat. There is even potential for him to aid the Magpies in their pursuit of major trophies in the upcoming season.
Considering the departure of Allan Saint-Maximin to Saudi Arabia, Barnes becomes a crucial signing for Newcastle this summer, as they required reinforcements in their attacking department. His familiarity with the Premier League means he will seamlessly integrate into life at St. James’ Park without requiring much time to adapt.