West Brom allowing Rogers to leave would be a bigger blow than Rodriguez

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Per an article from The Sun, Manchester City have agreed an £8m deal to sign West Brom youngster Morgan Rogers.

What’s the word?

West Brom have already lost Craig Dawson in the transfer window whilst Jay Rodriguez has also walked out of the door too.

If that wasn’t enough, Ahmed Hegazi has also attracted the interest of Aston Villa this week.

It’s been a topsy-turvy start to the Slaven Bilic era but positive updates arrived in the form of Filip Krovinovic arriving on loan and Rekeem Harper signing a new deal.

However, more bad news is seemingly on the horizon after The Sun reported that Man City had agreed a fee with Albion to sign 16-year-old Rogers.

It’s a possible £8m transfer that would see him become the Premier League’s second most expensive player of that age after Theo Walcott joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006.

Colossal loss

The Baggies have already seen one 16-year-old escape their clutches this summer after Louie Barry walked out of the Hawthorns with a move to Barcelona potentially on the cards.

He rejected a contract offer from West Brom but it now looks as though they’re going to lose Rogers too.

Yet, his departure could be felt even greater than Rodriguez’s.

The latter scored 22 goals for the senior team last term but at the age of 29, he isn’t getting any younger and it’s unlikely he will have stayed around for too long anyway.

Albion have been resigned to losing a number of talented youngsters in the past with Izzy Brown and Tyler Roberts two examples. However, this could be the biggest of them all.

Rogers is a player who the club could have built their future around and after already appearing for the first team in the FA Cup last term, seemed destined to stake his first-team claim in the not too distant future.

Having seen Harper and Kyle Edwards get their chance in 2018/19, there is a reason to believe he would have followed suit.

After all, this is a youngster who last season scored 18 times and claimed a further 11 assists in all competitions, cementing himself as one of the best players in the youth set-up.

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Despite Luke Dowling claiming he wouldn’t be surprised if Rodriguez stayed, the fact he had a release clause in his contract means they were arguably more prepared for a departure.

However, it’s unlikely they will be prepared to lose Rogers. This will be a mighty blow if he does indeed depart.

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