West Brom could be in danger of losing two of their brightest prospects this summer.
Meanwhile, more top European clubs are also pursuing Louie Barry.
So with that in mind, Express & Star journalist Matt Wilson put together a piece detailing whether Slaven Bilic can solve the issues that are playing out. It consequently sparked a reaction from the Hawthorns faithful on Twitter.
Plenty of Albion fans were all divided on the issue, however, commenting on the matter in hand.
One fan slammed the club, claiming it was pointless having an academy if players weren’t given a chance. Another suggested their system wasn’t set up in the right way to benefit from those who are coming through.
Other supporters urged their younger stars to be given a go next season as one hoped Bilic would get them mixing with the senior team. A further supporter said that if they did so, it could be massive for West Brom.
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Darren Moore used a total of six academy products throughout the 2018/19 campaign but it seems as though Baggies fans want even more to be included under their new manager.
Here’s the best of the debate.
Pointless having an academy if they don’t get played. Field especially deserves a chance he’s been patient
— Baggies Tom (@TOMWBAFC1) June 27, 2019
Tbf it’s not really an Albion specific issue, its almost not worth bothering with academies if bigger clubs can just come in and take what they like
— ……. (@Rollsie7) June 27, 2019
The club don’t have a history or culture to develop young players.
Last season Edwards deserves more chances, rather than playing Jacob Murphy.
— Yeung_wba (@yeung_wba) June 27, 2019
I hope Bilic gets many of the younger lads mixing with the first team this summer and that he rewards those who impress with some first team football this season. You have to give them a chance otherwise there really is little point in having an academy at all.
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) June 27, 2019
Good article and points and something a lot of us baggies fans have been saying for years. Give the kids a chance and let us see if they can do it. A proper chance not just a few subs here and there. It can be massive for us this year
— Luke Stokes (@lukestokes84) June 27, 2019
It’s simply stockpiling for the big clubs because the fee doesn’t even register financially. No way is Rakeem Harper good enough for the clubs mentioned. It’s harrowing that they’ll stick him on the bench then sell him back down the leagues for millions in profit. Wrong.
— Brad (@brada_wba) June 27, 2019
How can it be source of pride when theres not one player with the exception of Berahino who has brought anything significant to the club either on the pitch (consistently) or good cash back in? And look how he ended up. The system isnt setup for us to benefit which is the issue
— Vargas (@dchantry) June 27, 2019
The academy was a great idea when first introduced but since has to be pointless in respect to our first team squad. Obviously we made money with Berahino but nobody else has got into the starting eleven consistently.
— Nine Bob Note (@Weltonbaggie) June 27, 2019
On the topic of whether it’s worth keeping the academy- even if Harper, Soule and Barry all leave on a cheap we still have Ferguson, O’Shea, Fitzwater, Wilson, Field, Edwards, Leko, Rogers and Tulloch coming through. They all still have a chance especially with our squad depth
— Henry Whittaker (@HenryWBA6) June 27, 2019