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