West Brom’s season is back on the up after a succession of positive results in the Championship in the past two weeks, but Slaven Bilic’s recent team selection decisions has raised question marks over one player.
The Baggies have continued to run with Sheffield United loanee Callum Robinson on the left-wing whilst Kamil Grosicki made his debut at Millwall, providing an assist to the game-winning header from Dara O’Shea. Matheus Pereira had also returned from suspension.
As a result of their introductions, young winger Kyle Edwards has quickly slipped down the pecking order – almost overnight – at the Hawthorns.
Just last month, The Athletic’s Steve Madeley revealed that the west Midlands were in ‘advanced talks’ with the 21-year-old over a new contract as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the season.
But given his recent exclusions from the matchday squad entirely, is it wise to continue pursuing his signature?
He could well be a player that can afford to lose, or at least wait on a little while longer.
There will be a return for injured West Ham starlet Grady Diangana at some stage too, and you’d imagine after 11 goal contributions this campaign, he’d walk straight back into the senior fold.
It means that Edwards is probably fifth choice at the club now, all because Bilic decided to bolster his wide options with two new wingers.
The Albion academy graduate has done very little to warrant a huge extension either – he’s managed just two goals and two assists across the Championship, FA Cup and EFL Cup, which has to rank amongst the fewest of all Bilic’s attacking options.
Whilst per WhoScored, the prospect is only averaging 1.5 dribbles and 1.1 shots per game, which is beaten by both Pereira and Diangana.
There have even been reports that the Baggies will try and secure Diangana long-term whether that be for another season on loan or as a permanent fixture.
If Edwards is to be offered a new contract, it must be with his game time in mind as the same happened in the summer with Rekeem Harper, and he’s only played 11 minutes in the Championship all year. A wasted talent.
Going on his recent omissions from the squad, it may be best off holding back offering him anything just yet.
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