Harvey Barnes quick to praise Leicester’s structure


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Leicester youngster Harvey Barnes insists the club’s approach to youth development is paying off during the recent international break.

The 20-year-old is not currently playing for the club after joining West Bromwich Albion on loan but he has been rewarded for that form.

Barnes has made 12 appearances since being on loan and he has netted five times as the Baggies try to regain promotion to the Premier League.

The youngster was called up for the England U21’s side, while fellow Foxes James Maddison, Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell are all named in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

Barnes has been learning about the international game under Aidy Boothroyd and he will be hoping to play his part in the UEFA U21 European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland this coming week.

Although his own form has been impressive, Barnes believes Leicester’s setup has enabled a number of players to flourish.

He told the club’s official website: “For me personally [the loan] has been a great thing. Being able to drop down and play has been a good thing for me, you look at some of the players in the England senior team who have gone down that route.

“I feel like for me there has always been that steady progression where there has always been a new challenge as a player.

“Then the loan gave me the playing opportunity I needed – I think it’s hard in the Premier League when you are in the Under-23s to get a breakthrough into the first team.

“It’s a great club for the young players to be at. It’s a well-regarded club in the Premier League now and it’s definitely a club that the England set-up looks at for players, we’ve got a lot of quality in the side.”

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