West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore has challenged his players to step up after Harvey Barnes returned to Leicester City.
Barnes has played a role in every one of West Brom’s 26 league games thus far, scoring nine times and registering seven assists.
However, his time at The Hawthorns has ended with his parent club Leicester recalling him, perhaps requiring his fantastic form.
The Baggies are now looking for a replacement for the 21-year old, but Moore insists his other players must step up in the wake of his departure, with the likes of Jonathan Leko and Bakary Sako candidates who could take his place.
Moore told the Express and Star:
First and foremost, you look within your existing squad. We’ve got some talented individuals more than capable of filling the shoes Harvey’s left.
It presents an opportunity for someone to step in and stake a claim. That’s the competition we have at the club.
Harvey has been pivotal in the first part of the season, scoring nine goals. But I’ve looked back at that stats, we’ve scored 54 goals so it clearly shows the team has a lot of players in different areas who can contribute and score.
Moore, has, however, stated he doesn’t see the side dipping into the market as a result of Barnes’ return to Leicester.
The West Brom boss went on to say:
We feel no more urgent than we felt with the January window coming. If it’s right and the right players become available we’ll make additions to the squad.