Everton may be teetering on the verge of relegation but they already planning potential incomings this summer.
After scoring his 30th goal at youth level already this season, Reyes has reportedly attracted interest from not just the top clubs in the Premier League including Everton, but also the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Red Bull Salzburg, and most notably, Bayern Munich.
The 17-year-old has made just one appearance at senior level for West Brom, which came in the FA Cup, and should his lack of opportunities in the Championship continue, it’s quite likely that he will see his future elsewhere in order to continue his development.
Everton have usually had at least one clinical striker throughout the last 20 years or so, and despite being stuck in a relegation battle currently in the Premier League, they still have valuable strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison – who both would likely be sold if the club failed to secure their top-flight status at the end of this season.
In that event, it’s likely that boss Frank Lampard will look to sign a younger prospect to bring through alongside a more experienced striker, and that player could just be West Brom starlet Cleary – who has been described as an “uncut diamond” by Albion U23s manager Richard Beale.
It isn’t often that a young striker with a stocky figure attracts the interest from Europe’s top teams despite barely playing any first-team football, but Cleary has physically dominated defenders at U18 and U23 level already and has shown consistently how clinical he is.
This term alone, the Baggies youngster has found the net an impressive 20 times in just 21 outings, something he’ll be hoping to transfer into senior-team action.
Speaking further of the teenager, Beale said: “If he keeps working hard and keeps his head, he has a mature head on his shoulders and he knows he needs to work hard, the bits he has to improve on. He can be anything he wants to be.
“It is a big step up to the first-team and he’s certainly got lots of work to do yet, but he’s in a good place. We’re really excited by his potential and what he could become.”
Should he sign for Everton, Lampard could well mould him into the next Romelu Lukaku. He shone at Goodison Park during his time there following a spell where he starred with West Brom; something that Cleary is now doing as well.
It’s a mighty reputation to live up to but his goalscoring exploits, like Lukaku, speaks for itself.