West Brom have always had trouble keeping hold of their best youth prospects and it seems like it’s a trend that sporting director Luke Dowling isn’t going to buck anytime soon…
According to The Scottish Sun, SPFL giants Celtic are eyeing up a loan move for young Baggies winger Kyle Edwards ahead of the January transfer window.
It’s claimed that the 22-year-old is already out of Sam Allardyce’s plans and is set to be made available to leave next month.
Current Bhoys chief Nick Hammond once held a similar role at the Hawthorns, so he knows the academy graduate very well, and with the player’s contract up in the summer, the move could be made permanent.
Whilst we firmly believe that Edwards isn’t good enough for Albion, as you can read here, he shouldn’t be allowed to leave the club for free – a fatal problem that the Midlands outfit have had for years.
Several of their brightest prospects have departed the club for free, usually to a well-established giant.
This was always prevalent under former chairman Jeremy Pearce, who oversaw the high-profile departures of Izzy Brown to Chelsea, and both Jerome Sinclair and Yan Dhanda to Liverpool.
It’s continued in recent times with Louie Barry finding himself at Villa, via a stint at Barcelona, and Morgan Rogers swapping the then-Championship side for Premier League winners Manchester City.
All of these departures are effectively torching away potentially mega profit – case in point being Nathan Ferguson, who was mooted with a £10m sale to Crystal Palace last January before he joined the south-east Londoners for free at the end of his contract in the summer instead.
Surely Edwards is better off being sold now before he enters the final six months of his current deal at the Hawthorns. It’s not as if he won’t have any suitors as evident with Celtic’s interest.
He was also once dubbed an “unbelievable player” with similar characteristics as Lionel Messi by teammate Romaine Sawyers, having witnessed his emergence in the youth set-up.
On just £20k-per-week, he’d surely be a bargain for any willing club. West Brom just need to shift him on for a fee, rather than losing out financially for the umpteenth time.
AND in other news, Exclusive: Sam Allardyce tipped to sign former West Ham star in January swoop…