The West Bromwich Albion youngster has a big few weeks ahead of him.
At just 17, the centre-back knows he has a long way to go before he has a chance of featuring for Tony Pulis’s senior side, especially when he has only turned out twice for the Baggies’ under-21 team to date; but a good showing for his country will do his prospects no harm at all.
“I definitely think a strong performance will help me when I get back to Albion,” Barbir told wba.co.uk. “I would like to think that I’m doing well here, but maybe without all the travelling I would be doing even better.”
There are of course positives and negatives to holding competitions such as the under-17 World Cup during a typical domestic season, and Barbir will know that the coaches at West Brom will be keeping one eye on proceedings.
The USA have a very good side at this level and have recently defeated both Brazil and England in friendlies, so Barbir heads into the competition with plenty of confidence.
Only time will tell if he ultimately gets more under-21 chances back at West Brom as a result, and potentially a future shot with the senior side a few years down the line.