Ashley Barnes enjoyed the season of his life in 2017-2018. His performances for Burnley were not only integral to their fabulous seventh-place finish in the table but they also saw him close in on winning an international cap for the first time from Austria.
He stunned The Hawthorns with an acrobatic effort in Burnley’s 2-1 victory in March 2018. It was his fourth goal in four matches and it came after 22 minutes. Barnes leapt highest to meet a cross into the box from Aaron Lennon. It was just behind him but he improvised marvellously, with a bicycle kick that zipped into the back of Ben Foster’s net.
Burnley’s victory spelt the end for Alan Pardew as West Bromwich Albion manager and their third consecutive victory was another stepping stone in a season that would eventually end with Sean Dyche’s side qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.