According to Football Insider, West Brom’s wantaway defender Nathan Ferguson is “hell-bent” on quitting the club this summer, but the escalating situation should be a hint to why the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
As one Baggies prospect heads out on loan – Jamie Soule has joined non-league side Barrow this week – another is quickly becoming an outcast at the Hawthorns.
It’s claimed that the relationship between the club and Ferguson has hit ‘rock bottom’ as a result of the recent fallout from his failed move to Crystal Palace, and it has been made clear he will not sign a new deal.
The 19-year-old was set for a move to the Premier League until the Eagles found complications hidden in his medical, putting his move at risk before it eventually fell through on deadline day.
The Athletic revealed that Roy Hodgson’s side were put off by the deal as he would require season-ending surgery.
Albion’s youth product was springboarded into first-team stardom at the start of the season by manager Slaven Bilic, and after breaking into the starting lineup, Ferguson was offered a five-year extension with a 20-fold increase on his current wages.
Yet, the potential to guide his boyhood club into the top-flight wasn’t enough for him to write his signature and now he’s staring down the barrel of no competitive football for a good six months – if not more.
Ferguson has played 21 times in the Championship this season but has been absent from their matchday squad for their last three matches, ever since his deal to Palace hit the wall. He’s featured in just one game in their previous nine in all competitions too.
This should be a cold reminder to those up and coming prospects that could follow his initial steps into the first-team setup. The likes of Rayhaan Tulloch, Jamie Soule, Rico Richards and co – maybe even Kyle Edwards – should be warned.
The grass isn’t always greener.
It remains to be seen if this time away from the field will affect his performances on the pitch, but one thing is for sure, it is highly unlikely he’ll be in Baggies colours ever again.
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