WestYorksRoyal I'm going to stick my neck out on Barrett. I'm disappointed he's gone. If you look at what Boye has contributed this season, surely you could have given Barrett more chances? In his limited chances, he assisted against Sheff Wed, scored 2 against Plymouth, was involved in setting up the equaliser against Wolves and scored in our final pre season game against Chelsea.
I'm not suggesting he should have been starting, but if you look at the chances Loader has has and how mediocre Boye is, I simply think Barrett deserved more of a chance. We're also going to release McCleary this summer; shouldn't we be looking at academy options who can step up?
A season in and around the squad would have been fair, before moving on to L1 if he's not up to it. From what we saw this season, I don't think he was far off the required standard. I won't be at all surprised if this is a single step back on the way to a decent Championship career.
we don't know what sort of war chest we are going to have in the summer though, Bowen might already know what sort of budget he's going to have. if we are planning on spending big again then he might fall further down the food chain. Barrett for all we know has asked for assurances on his future and Bowen has not been able to give him any, in that situation any young footballer worth their salt is going to jump at the chance of regular football and taking one step back to take 2 steps forward.