Another waste: West Brom fans bemoan Rekeem Harper contract situation

Rekeem Harper was left out of West Brom’s starting XI to face Aston Villa last Saturday as Jimmy Shan preferred a midfield of Stefan Johansen, Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips.

However, it wasn’t a decision that paid off, with Albion missing energy in midfield.

Speaking after the game, Jimmy Shan hinted that the 19-year-old was left out for tactical reasons. This came after he’d attracted interest from Tottenham and Norwich, per The Sun on Sunday (3rd May, page 68) and The Sun (10 May, page 57).

Reacting to an article posted on Twitter by journalist Matt Wilson, Albion fans were quick to lament Harper following the news.

One supporter claimed he was like Saido Berahino, making reference to his poor attitude. Another suggested that the midfielder’s head had been turned.

A further fan urged for faith to be put in Sam Field, saying he actually wanted to play for the club.

Harper has had a breakthrough campaign at the Hawthorns, appearing in 16 Championship games. However, he’s only contributed one goal and a single assist in that time.

The midfielder clearly still has a long way to go but it appears some Albion fans don’t want his future to be at the club.

Here’s the best of the reaction.