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He's a player for the future. Clearly if we didn't have the injury issues he wouldn't be getting as much game time as he's had, but you can understand why Fuchs had to be subbed out. If you do have to draw on one of your younger players to supplement the squad, he's not exactly a bad option to have. Being able to develop our U23s to be able to contribute to the first team when needed is so important if we are going to be able to sustain the league and Europa. 

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This lad has some real quality - that ball for Vardy was ridiculous. Obviously, he’s got a long way to go and he’ll need to work extremely hard, but I have high hopes that he’ll be a strong player for us. The only thing that might hold him back is that he doesn’t have that electric pace that left backs often have in the modern game. However, I think he could potentially play in a few positions given how good he looks to be on the ball.

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57 minutes ago, Finnegan said:

 

To be fair, on first impressions there's one attribute he seems to noticeably lack that doesn't tend to really come from experience or practice, you either have it or you don't. Pace. 

 

If he had JJ's athleticism, I reckon Rodgers would have played him a fair bit more already. 

 

He's got one of the best crosses I've ever seen on a kid his age, he's really got fantastic technique with a very accurate, pacey whip on the ball. It's great. He also seems to have fairly good vision and can pick our a pass. Bit like a pound shop Joshua Kimmich. 

 

But he does look a bit worryingly slow so far. I appreciate that's something you can improve, but only really moderately, a slow player doesn't just become a quick one. 

 

I can't think of many currently successful full backs in the Premier League who are noticeably lacking in pace to be honest? Certainly not at decent top half clubs. 

 

Absolutely by no means writing him off and people shouldn't take this overboard, I'm not saying he's a useless donkey and we should give up now. Like I said, just a first impression that's a bit concerning. 

I remember Babs saying that Barnes didn't have the pace to make it as a winger in the Prem. Can't say I've noticed it yet tbh, will have to pay attention to it next time he plays.

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Agree his passing is outrageous. Quite strong in the tackle too. He needs to develop some pace and positioning as well as his confidence. Could do with a Chilwell type easing him in over time.

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Thought he did ok last night.

 

I reckon the plan could be keep him here until January, with him playing on rotation, then to be loaned out to the championship for the second half of the season provided our injury situation is better. 
 

Would be good for his development, ready to take over from Fuchs properly next summer.

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40 minutes ago, filbertway said:

I remember Babs saying that Barnes didn't have the pace to make it as a winger in the Prem. Can't say I've noticed it yet tbh, will have to pay attention to it next time he plays.

😂😂😂 Did he actually say that, he's got ridiculous pace! 

 

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Just now, coolhandfox said:

He 19, he's still got a lot of physical development left.  

 

People expecting a kid of 19 to be the finished article. :frusty:

I mean, Fofana is already the second coming of Christ, so obviously they should be fully developed by 19!

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I have some doubts about Rodgers but I trust his judgement with young players. He’ll know roughly what level he’ll be capable of playing from watching him in training. Leighton Baines is the most obvious comparison.

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Would love him to go on loan to somewhere like Wycombe. They've got an excellent attacking left back in Joe Jacobson who he can learn from and who will need rotating. Plus it would allow him to form a good partnership with Josh Knight, who will also hopefully come good for us one day. If players recover from injury then Ricardo, Castagne, Justin and Fuchs should cover us from January to the end of the season. 

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7 hours ago, nwl fox said:

😂😂😂 Did he actually say that, he's got ridiculous pace! 

 

Taxi for Babylon! 

Haha! To be fair, I think Harvey is quite a lot quicker than he used to be. It's not the norm, but it is possible for a player to gain some pace over time.

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8 hours ago, filbertway said:

I remember Babs saying that Barnes didn't have the pace to make it as a winger in the Prem. Can't say I've noticed it yet tbh, will have to pay attention to it next time he plays.

Oh come on @Babylon, he is only human, the poor kid does try though

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I can't say I've noticed him being particularly slow but if it is an issue is there a chance he could eventually move inside into the engine room of the midfield a la Gareth Barry? His passing already looks sensational.

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17 hours ago, Finnegan said:

 

To be fair, on first impressions there's one attribute he seems to noticeably lack that doesn't tend to really come from experience or practice, you either have it or you don't. Pace. 

 

If he had JJ's athleticism, I reckon Rodgers would have played him a fair bit more already. 

 

He's got one of the best crosses I've ever seen on a kid his age, he's really got fantastic technique with a very accurate, pacey whip on the ball. It's great. He also seems to have fairly good vision and can pick our a pass. Bit like a pound shop Joshua Kimmich. 

 

But he does look a bit worryingly slow so far. I appreciate that's something you can improve, but only really moderately, a slow player doesn't just become a quick one. 

 

I can't think of many currently successful full backs in the Premier League who are noticeably lacking in pace to be honest? Certainly not at decent top half clubs. 

 

Absolutely by no means writing him off and people shouldn't take this overboard, I'm not saying he's a useless donkey and we should give up now. Like I said, just a first impression that's a bit concerning. 

Azpilicueta was never very fast was he?

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7 hours ago, FoxFossil said:

Defence  at end of EL match included 2 nineteen year olds and a 22 year old. Serious question, any others in U23s who could step up whilst we've got this injury crisis?

And still the average age of the back 4 was 43

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15 hours ago, nwl fox said:

😂😂😂 Did he actually say that, he's got ridiculous pace! 

 

Taxi for Babylon! 

Does a search, post doesn’t exist. 
 

Move on, nothing to see here.

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36 minutes ago, Babylon said:

Does a search, post doesn’t exist. 
 

Move on, nothing to see here.

C'mon since when are any facts ever found on FT??    I often think JK Rowley is a FT member when I read some of the posts on here.

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Anyone have the clip of his axe attack on the Athens player, you know, the one when he felled him after touching the opponent’s nose with his little finger earning the lad a yellow card, hope the big Athens player has survived.. 🪓 :blink:

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18 hours ago, weller54 said:

Fofana is the Messiah..

And I should know!..

.. I've followed a few.

No he's not. He's a naughty boy.

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37 minutes ago, nwl fox said:

Have you destroyed the evidence Babs? 

He also said Barnes is shit at finding space. The mainstream posters won’t tell you that. Bentley’s Roof has him bang to rights though.

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