That's the problem, we're all so desperate for a young Owen or Rooney to come through the ranks we put unfair pressure on the kids and then throw a strop when they don't make it and are released.Or Fenn's or Allen's or one of the many other prolific kids we've had who couldnt step up.
Actually Barnard was not much of a goal-scorer at that age; it was only under Clive Allen's coaching that he found his scoring boots. Also he was very different type of player, he was never big on flair, his game was all about defending from the front and making life hard for defenders by not giving them the chance to settle; that is why injuries have taken such a toll on him. His game needs pace and exceptional stamina. Still a decent player though, with a career average of 0.37 goals per game which is not bad for someone who is not just a goalscorer. It will be interesting to see how he gets on in the Championship this season.
I'd hope not. Having seen him for Yeovil, I'd be amazed if he makes it anywhere above mid Championship level. If he gets a chance in our first team then we've seriously ballsed up our striker recruitment. He looks a decent, hard-working big lad, but nowhere near good enough for us and I'm surprised he hasn't been let go yet to be honest.