“Hopefully Barnes has that belief in himself now” says ex-Leicester City Winger

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 12:09pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Foxes winger Matt Piper has sung the praises of Harvey Barnes and claims his great form is down to belief and confidence in himself.

Barnes has now scored in back to back games for Leicester, notching the first of four Foxes goals against a timid West Ham opposition. Prior to that, he gave Ben Mee all kinds of problems on Sunday; Barnes scoring Leicester’s only goal in the 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor.

Barnes has been somewhat hit and miss this campaign, with three league goals and six assists to his name. At 22 years of age, he has plenty of time to work on improving his goal return. Foxes fans will be hoping his rich vein of form continues as they welcome Chelsea to the King Power in their next league game.

There are a whole host of talented youngsters plying their trade under Rodgers guidance this season, but many of them were actually coached by former Leicester Winger Matt Piper far earlier on in their career.

Speaking to Love Sport Radio, Piper revealed how he had put some first-team members on the right track early on. “I used to work at the club as an under 10’s-under 11’s manager and I had to great team to be honest with you. I had Chilwell, Choudhury and Harvey Barnes and Harvey has always had that talent.”

Barnes recent performances come as no surprise to Piper, who claimed; “He’s very quick, his physicality is brilliant. He’s got a trick, he can deliver and he can score goals. Though he is under no illusions as to Barnes being the finished article, “sometimes he flatters to deceive, he gets the ball and does some really good stuff and gets into areas where you can really hurt the opposition and he doesn’t really go for it - he puts his foot on it and comes back out.”

Ricardo Pereira is another reason Leicester fans can be excited - Piper claiming the Portuguese full-back is the best right-back behind Trent Alexander Arnold. “Other than Trent, he’s the best full-back in the league. He’s outstanding, the way he can defend but he’s like a winger when he’s going forward, he scored last night and set one up - he is a massive massive talent.”


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