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One of West Brom’s promising youngsters has been shipped out on loan for the duration of the season but it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Sam Field has joined fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan after it was decided the player was in the tough spot of being too good for youth football but unlikely to solidify a regular spot within Slaven Bilic’s side.
The move means the 21-year-old is able to be guaranteed consistent game time whilst still playing in the same tier of football.
The Baggies hierarchy were also smart enough to ensure that a recall clause was in the deal so Field could be back at the Hawthorns as early as January.
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On the whole, the temporary move makes sense as the club have acted in cunning fashion to ensure they can regain his services should they need to, all the while he acquires much-needed experience at this level of quality.
Bilic does appear to lack a couple of options in the centre of the park with summer signings Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic pairing long-serving midfielder Jake Livermore in the victory against Nottingham Forest.
Aside from the trio – they currently only have Rekeem Harper, another academy graduate, to call upon so they could become very light in that area if any injuries arise. Though, Semi Ajayi could play there if absolutely necessary.
Veteran midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to receive a contract extension when he regains fitness – at 38 years of age he’s no long-term option so maybe it is a case of seeing how Field develops in this league before bringing him back to the first-team fold in January.
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Therefore, in terms of the rising star’s development, the temporary switch is the best for all parties involved.
Field will go out, get Championship experience and if he lights it up he will soon line up as a West Brom player again aiding the club in their quest back to the big time.
As Albion attempt to regain promotion at the second time of asking, having someone return to the club who is familiar with the surroundings could be key.