The striker, still just 28, is popular and admirable, yet has some of the poorest statistics of the regular players in the Burnley squad and the brutal fact is that the Clarets need someone better if they are to move forward.
Barnes signed a contract extension in 2016, which sees him tied to Turf Moor until next summer and so he’s the perfect type of player for Burnley to attempt to move on for a fee before he simply plays out his contract and leaves for nothing.
The former Plymouth Argyle and Brighton striker has had quite a rise since his days at Grays Athletic but everyone has a ceiling and it’s clear that he found his when he reached the Championship. At Premier League level this season, he has hit 4 goals in 27 games. While there’s more to the game than that, those stats won’t cut it for Burnley from here on in.