West Bromwich Albion are keeping tabs on young defender Sam McCallum after an impressive start to the season with Coventry City in League One, according to Express and Star.
However, the Baggies aren’t the only team interested in the 19-year-old, with Express and Star reporting the club are prepared to go to battle with other teams for his signature.
Coventry signed McCallum from non-league side Herne Bay after a coach saw him play for England schoolboys and pointed him towards the Jamie Vardy Academy.
The youngster was rewarded with a new deal with the Sky Blues last season, running out in 2022.
McCallum has shown his versatility in the current campaign, already making him an asset if he was to sign for West Brom. So far this season, the defender has played at both left-back and right-back, remaining unbeaten in all five games he’s played in League One this season (via Transfermarkt).
Despite his tender age, McCallum has provided solid cover in defence, proving to be pretty reliable in Coventry’s setup. The full-back has already helped keep five clean sheets across his 12 games in League One in his career so far, a solid average of 42%.
The 19-year-old has made 1.4 interceptions and 3 clearances per game so far this season (via WhoScored). Those are statistics that would place him as the second-best and third-best among those categories respectively in the West Brom squad.
McCallum’s versatility, mixed with his strong defensive statistics could make him a shrewd signing. His tender age means he has the scope to improve even more, which will only benefit the Baggies in the long run if they signed him.
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