In the Pipeline: Rayhaan Tulloch can play his part in West Brom rebuild

West Brom head into this summer in need of a big rebuild.

James Morrison, Gareth Barry and Boaz Myhill have all left following the end of their contracts whilst a number of players have also returned to their parent clubs following the completion of loan spells.

To add to that, Technical Director Luke Dowling has claimed that as many as five other members of the squad could walk through the exit door.

It leaves Albion staring down the barrel of needing severe investment in the transfer market. However, that won’t be possible given the fact the club need to cut down on their wage bill.

As a result, the Baggies might turn to a number of their youngster stars. Rekeem Harper may leave in the summer when his contract ends but the likes of Sam Field and Kyle Edwards can be vital next season.

Among the West Brom youth setup, there are some hugely promising attacking players including Jamie Soule and Morgan Rogers.

However, in Rayhaan Tulloch, they have another young prodigy who could find himself at involved in whatever rebuild that takes place in the coming months.

The 18-year-old is a natural goalscorer with the ability to play either on the flanks or in a central role. With Dwight Gayle leaving and Jay Rodriguez also potentially departing, there is no better time for some of these players to make the step up.

Tulloch has already savoured first team action, appearing in two FA Cup clashes last season. He was also named in the first team squad back in December 2017 for a fixture against Swansea.

After signing a professional contract in March 2018, the forward has gone from strength to strength, playing a huge part in their FA Youth Cup campaign too. During Albion’s run to the semi-finals he scored two goals.

In all competitions across varying age groups last term he scored seven times, proving to be a thorn in the opposition defence on regular occasions.

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Capped at youth level for England, Tulloch is blessed with natural talent, something that’s seen him bag 20 goals in 36 outings for West Brom’s U18s.

Having seen players like Kemar Roofe, Izzy Brown and Tyler Roberts leave down the years, it’s essential that the Baggies produce a pathway for their academy talent to thrive.

Going into next season, there will arguably never be a greater opportunity for those coming through the ranks at the Hawthorns, and the emerging gaps up top give West Brom a real chance to see if Tulloch is ready for first-team football.