Moore’s yet to de­cide if kids should go it a-loan

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Paul Suart Foot­ball Writer

DAR­REN Moore will de­fer a de­ci­sion on loan­ing out his most val­ued young­sters un­til af­ter West Bromwich Al­bion’s FA Cup fourth-round tie, it is un­der­stood.

Re­keem Harper, Sam Field and Jonathan Leko all started the third-round win over Wi­gan as Moore ro­tated his squad af­ter a busy fes­tive pe­riod.

The boss is open to loan­ing out all three this month to en­able them to gain valu­able first-team ex­pe­ri­ence with their op­por­tu­ni­ties lim­ited so far this sea­son.

It’s thought there has been in­ter­est in each player, who are all prod­ucts of Al­bion’s highly-re­spected academy.

But Moore is set to de­lay his deci- sion un­til af­ter the Jan­uary 26 clash at Premier League Brighton, where all three will likely fea­ture.

West Brom have al­ready sent Oliver Burke on loan to Scot­tish cham­pi­ons Celtic for the rest of the sea­son and Moore is open to short-term moves for Harper, Field and Leko, “only if it’s right” for the club.

“If it’s not right, they won’t go any­where,” he said.

“If they are to be go­ing out on loan, it will be to de­velop them in terms of their fu­ture for West Brom. “It’s for them to get foot­ball but re­turn back 10, 20, 30 per cent bet­ter for their ex­pe­ri­ences. “You can look at the same sce­nario with Har­vey (Barnes) and Tosin (Adara­bioyo), both play­ers have de f in i te ly im­proved, with­out a doubt. “Even Dwight Gayle has im­proved be­cause we’ve played him in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. “All those play­ers have come to de­velop and they’ve ticked a box with West Brom too, in terms of where team.

“It’s the same with us loan­ing play­ers to other teams. We need to de­velop in­di­vid­u­als. “They need to im­prove.” Wes Hoola­han is an­other player on the fringes, al­beit at the op­po­site end of his ca­reer, who took his chance to im­press in the cup match.

Moore is set to de­cide whether to ex­tend the 36-year-old’s short-term con­tract ahead of the crunch clash with Hoola­han’s for­mer club Nor­wich on Satur­day.

The ex-Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional, whose deal is up next week, left Moore pur­ring with his in­dus­tri­ous dis­play against the Lat­ics, on what was his sev­enth ap­pear­ance for the Bag­gies. I want to go with the

> Sam Field made an im­pres­sion in the FA Cup win over Wi­gan at The Hawthorns >Re­keem Harper and Jonathan Leko, inset, are turn­ing heads

> Dar­ren Moore

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