The Portland Timbers’ search for a new winger is over. The reigning MLS Cup champions confirmed on Wednesday that Jack Barmby has joined the club from Premier League leaders Leicester City after days of speculation.
The 21-year-old Englishman joined Leicester from Manchester United in 2014, but failed to make a first-team appearance for either club.
He spent time on loan at Notts County earlier this season, racking up a total of six appearances for the English League Two club before returning to Leicester, where he continued to play for the Under-21 squad. He has also spent time on loan at Hartlepool and Rotherham over the past couple of seasons.
The Timbers revealed on Wednesday that Barmby had signed on loan from Leicester, where his contract is due to expire in less than four months, but the player then took to Twitter to assure supporters that he had signed on a more permanent deal that the short-term loan being reported.
The new Portland star is the son of former Premier League great Nick Barmby, who represented the England national team on 23 occasions. Jack will now hope to forge his way into MLS history with some strong performances for the Timbers.
The Western Conference outfit have been on the search for a new winger since Rodney Wallace departed for Portuguese club FC Arouca back in January and will hope that their new man can fit seamlessly into the side.
Barmby is an exciting left-footed player who can operate on either wing or at left-back. He will hope to force his way into Caleb Porter’s first-team plans immediately but will need to dislodge Lucas Melano or Dairon Asprilla from either wing if he is to earn a regular starting spot.
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