We’ve been here plenty of times before, but West Brom could be about to make an all too familiar mistake…
According to The Scottish Sun, SPFL giants Celtic are set to launch a bid to sign Baggies youngster Rekeem Harper on loan during the January transfer window.
It’s claimed that the 20-year-old brute was close to making a move to Parkhead in 2019 before signing a new contract under Slaven Bilic at the Hawthorns.
Neil Lennon has previously scouted the player, whilst recruitment Nick Hammond once worked a similar role in the Midlands.
Harper may not be on the cusp of clinching a regular place amongst Sam Allardyce’s starting XI right now, but that opportunity could come with skipper Jake Livermore serving a suspension.
The new Albion boss was left reeling by his challenge on Jack Grealish on Sunday night, so much so that there will be question marks over his own positioning in this struggling squad. Thus, a door could well open.
Bilic has shown that the youth at the club can be trusted – Dara O’Shea is now a prominent senior figure at just 21, whilst Nathan Ferguson’s rise to stardom resulted in a Premier League move to Crystal Palace.
He was undoubtedly a major talent, just like Harper. One that they never replaced in the summer. The same could happen here.
Dubbed a “powerhouse” with “no limits” by Bilic and a starlet that has “got all the tools” by Tony Pulis, it’s clear there is something impressive about him, yet, he’s still not been given a fair crack.
Harper has even been likened to PL great Patrick Vieira, so even if he becomes half the player the Arsenal legend was, then West Brom will have a hell of a player on their hands.
Which is why sporting and technical director Luke Dowling must steer well clear of sanctioning an exit here. It could be yet another disaster if he does.
AND in other news, Forget Livermore, this Baggies calamity has already BADLY let Big Sam down…