West Brom can’t afford to allow Dara O’Shea to depart ahead of summer rebuild

According to The Scottish Sun, West Brom could be in danger of losing young defender Dara O’Shea this summer as Celtic remain keen on the player.

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O’Shea has caught the eye on loan at Exeter this season, featuring 27 times for the League Two side as he shone at the heart of the defence.

The 20-year-old became a key player for them but after returning to the Hawthorns, he could be on the verge of a permanent move elsewhere. The Scottish Sun have claimed that Celtic are eyeing a move for the young central defender.

This comes after he signed extended terms with West Brom. Initially, his contract was due to expire at the end of the season but the Baggies revealed he would be staying after their retained list was released last week.

However, that doesn’t appear to have put Celtic off in their pursuit.

O’Shea crucial to rebuild

In short, West Brom would be making a considerable error in allowing him to leave this summer.

Technical Director Luke Dowling announced last week that as many as five players could leave the club over the summer as they look to rebuild, making hints that their wage bill would need to be cut.

The Baggies face another season in the Championship and with a number of loanees departing, new faces will be needed.

O’Shea was impressive during his own loan spell and should be one of the players the Baggies rebuild their team around.

With finances looking thin on the ground, the Irish defender is someone who can solve potential issues in regards to recruitment.

Rather than looking for external replacements for departing players, he represents the ideal internal solution.

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As West Brom look to appoint a new manager this summer, whoever arrives simply has to keep O’Shea in the Baggies’ ranks.

Albion fans have seen a number of their top prospects walk out the exit door at the Hawthorns down the years and it would be another bitterly disappointing blow if they were to lose a further prodigy.