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After ten years progressing through the ranks at West Brom, Louie Barry could not turn down the opportunity to sign for European heavyweights Barcelona, although history since then has been a great nightmare for the Midlands team …
What has been the saga?
The Baggies were entitled to compensation for the 17-year-old, which they subsequently never received, prompting the club’s hierarchy to inform FIFA about the La Liga giants.
According to him Express and Star, Barca were ordered to pay just £ 235k, although to this day, it has yet to be resolved.
Which ex-graduate would you like to be still at WBA?
The Catalan team has even benefited from its sale, as Albion’s great rival, Aston Villa, successfully hired him in a € 1 million (£ 900 thousand) try last January.
And if that’s not enough, he has started working on his youth team …
How is Barry doing now?
The England U17 international has appeared regularly in their U23 squad despite being just 17 years old, scoring four goals in seven Premier League 2 games this term so far.
While doing his First EFL Trophy appearance earlier in the season, losing 3-0 to Fleetwood Town.
Barry’s last outing was witnessed by Villa boss Dean Smith, who spoke enthusiastically after the game and said:
“I saw him for 20 minutes in a game last week for the under-23s. He has very good movement and is a brilliant boy. I am sure he will be a success at Aston Villa but we cannot forget he is only 16 years old. I’m excited about the potential it has, that’s for sure. That is why we have gone looking for him. “
While others reports claim the former Baggies academy sensation has a ‘smart’ move: ‘He’s quick too, but it’s his close control and bravery in dribbling his opponents, often beating them one-on-one, which makes for a pleasure. to see. ‘
He can’t help but feel like Albion boss Luke Dowling made a surprisingly bad decision by not offering the emerging prospect a contract package that would have been worth staying with the Hawthorns.
At this rate, it will only be a matter of time before the teenage goal machine returns to really haunt his former club.
And in other news, West Brom shouldn’t be offering a new deal to rarely seen talent …