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West Brom: Steve Bruce must finally unleash Reyes Cleary

With West Bromwich Albion once again failing to secure their first win under the management of Steve Bruce on Tuesday night, it is clear that something drastic needs to change at The Hawthorns if the Baggies are to have any chance of securing promotion back to the Premier League this season.

Indeed, the 2-1 loss at Middlesbrough saw Albion extend their winless run to six games – four of which have come under the leadership of the 61-year-old – while the club have also picked up just one victory in their last 12 fixtures in all competitions.

Furthermore, aside from struggling to earn three points, the Baggies have also endured a torrid time in front of goal in recent weeks, having scored just once in their last six league outings – with the club’s top goalscorer, Karlan Grant, having found the back of the net just once over his last ten Championship appearances.

As such, with Bruce arguably possessing one of the most exciting young attacking talents in the country, Reyes Cleary, currently playing his football with Albion’s U23s, it would appear extremely advisable for the former Newcastle United manager to finally give the 17-year-old a place in his first-team squad.

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Bruce must unleash Cleary

Indeed, expectations of the centre-forward are extremely high, both at West Brom and in the wider footballing world, with the Albion U23 coach, Richard Beale, appearing to be extremely excited about Cleary’s potential, while the likes of Bayern Munich, Schalke, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are all reported to be interested in signing the teenager.

Speaking about the 17-year-old, Beale said: “He’s a player we’ve got with lots of potential. It’s a big step up, obviously, to first-team football. Reyes knows that, he understands that, and every single day we are working to polish an uncut diamond.”

Meanwhile, the club’s U18s manager, Peter Gilbert, also stated of the West Brom prodigy: “Reyes is a powerful forward player with an eye for goal and is an excellent finisher.”

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It is not difficult to see why Clearly has drawn such praise, as, over his nine outings for the U18s this season, the striker has bagged a quite astonishing 13 goals and registered one assist, while, over his 11 Premier League 2 appearances for the U23s, the youngster has scored an equally impressive seven goals and provided one assist.

As such, with Bruce appearing to be in desperate need of a proven goalscorer in the absence of Daryl Dike, it would seem a rather obvious move for the 61-year-old to finally unleash Cleary in his first team.

Indeed, with the current crop of Albion attackers failing to find the back of the net, there is not a great deal to lose in giving the 17-year-old sensation a chance to prove himself at senior level.

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