Regardless of whatever transpires in the Championship play-offs for West Bromwich Albion ahead of their second-leg fixture at home to Aston Villa, they’ve set up a philosophy which focuses on long-term success.
Well, kind of. Darren Moore obviously wasn’t given much of a chance on that front.
Indeed, the Baggies are producing some top young talents through their academy, with breakout star Rekeem Harper among the most promising.
The 19-year-old’s put in some stunning performances in midfield this season, dazzling fans with his impressive ability on the ball. However, his work hasn’t gone unnoticed. It never does.
According to reports from the Sun (via HITC), Norwich City are keen on the youngster’s services this summer. Now, West Brom face a fight to keep him if they can’t secure Premier Leauge promotion themselves. Why does supporting the Baggies never get easier?
That being said, the club cannot allow such a prime talent to leave so soon. The talented midfielder’s seemingly unwilling to sign a new contract due to their predicament, but Jimmy Shan and company need to press hard in getting it done. Harper’s turned into an important fixture in the midfield, adding energy, bite to their engine room and, after so many years of looking stale in that department, is just a general breath of fresh air.
He’s added excitement to their attack with his movement, dribbling past opposition with ease. Harper’s single goal and assist in 13 Championship starts proves he has potential to deliver in goals going forward, while averaging 1.3 dribbles, 86.4% passing accuracy (stats via WhoScored) per game indicate a confident talent.
Losing him now would be a bitter blow for a club looking to reconnect with the fans and the community after a number of years of poor transfer decisions and managerial appointments led to discontent.
With Gareth Barry and Chris Brunt both reaching their endgame, Harper’s the one to lead West Brom forward. He brings many qualities to their midfield, pressing down oppositions fiercely and also driving the Baggies forward. Letting him leave would be a big mistake, as the 19-year-old is crucial to keeping a lively midfield in years to come.
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