West Ham went big during the summer on recruits from all over Europe, but only one, Ryan Fredericks, was plying their trade in the Championship last season.

The EFL is an untapped market for gems, so we’re looking at some players in the second tier who could make a difference at the London Stadium.

Next up is Harvey Barnes; the 20-year-old’s parent club is Leicester but he is on loan with Darren Moore’s high-flying West Brom side at the moment. We’ve had a closer look at what he could bring to West Ham.


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Barnes has caught the eye at the Hawthorns mainly due to his direct running; the Englishman is not afraid to take anyone on.

He scored an outrageous goal at Sheffield Wednesday recently by taking defenders on, frightening them with his pace and close control before hammering home.

That said, he is no show pony. He has five goals and two assists from his 12 appearances so far this season; for a young man, Barnes has managed to marry efficiency with style.

Where would he fit in?

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Barnes has been so good this season that there have been rumours that Leicester want him back. That means that any move may have to wait until next summer.

At this stage of his career, he looks like he would be an impact sub; Michail Antonio was brought on when West Ham were chasing the game against Brighton and Barnes would be a much better option.

He plays as a number 10 right now but can play wide as well; he can cause problems from wherever he operates.