Leicester City summer signing Jack Barmby has been impressing everyone at the club in recent weeks in his new left-back role with the Development Squad, and the 20-year-old admits the experience has been fantastic so far.
The son of former England international Nick Barmby and capped at England Under-19s level himself, the versatile attacker signed for Leicester from Manchester United in May on a two-year deal, after spending the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at League Two side Hartlepool United.
Having originally joined United from Hull City in August 2008, aged 14, he was the club’s top scorer in the Under-18 side during the 2012-13 campaign, but moved on to pastures new this summer after failing to break into the Under-21s.
Having started out on the left-wing with Steve Beaglehole’s side, the promising youngster has since been tried out on the back-line, with his subsequent performances surprising a few people at the King Power Stadium.
“I think a lot of people would say my defensive work needed to get better, but as soon as they said it [would happen] I relished the challenge,” he told the club’s official website.
“We had three games, three wins, so I can't have been bad!”
Development assistant coach Nicky Eaden has certainly been impressed with Barmby’s performances, although has stressed that it is still too early to tell whether he has a future at the position.
“He’s done great and surprised a few people, myself included,” he said.
“If anything, when he’s playing left-wing or left-midfield the defensive part of his game is the weakest part, but that’s been great so far.
“The question is now whether he can keep that going. You sometimes find when you move a player out of position that they might do ok for three or four games, then they’ll have a little dip and revert to what they were before.
“We’ll keep our eye on that and as long as keeps putting in the performances that he has done then he’ll probably stay there.”
It remains to be seen whether Barmby will continue at left-back moving forward, having recently played on the right-wing, too, but one can certainly draw comparisons to current Foxes defender Jeff Schlupp, who made the same move while breaking into the first-team.