West Brom’s defence has come under fire at times this season, as they have been accused of lacking ‘modern’ defenders.
In fact, had The Baggies attack not been so prolific, their deficiencies at the back might have been more glaringly exposed.
Nonetheless, players such as Craig Dawson and Kyle Bartley have been subject to fierce criticism regarding their distribution skills, with the former being accused of lacking the mobility that is needed.
This, therefore, has created a lot of rumours and speculation as to new faces arriving in January to help the club out. While the defence has looked much better in recent weeks, it would still be widely agreed that the club could do with recruiting some players that suit manager Darren Moore’s style of football.
Fortunately, The Baggies may well have the answer to their problems right under their nose in 18-year-old Nathan Ferguson. The centre-back is currently plying his trade with West Brom’s under-23 outfit, where he is forging a name for himself.
The defender is already an England under-18 international, and has made his way onto the bench of the first team in the Premier League, albeit not featuring.
Ferguson is touted to be a powerful defender that is equally comfortable with the ball at his feet, and sounds like the exact player that Moore is dreaming of this season. However, it may be too early to throw the 18-year-old into action in the Championship regularly, but we may see him feature sparingly as the season goes on.
With West Brom looking like one of the frontrunners to earn promotion this season, Ferguson could be a player to excel in the Premier League in the future, and Moore will be aware of that.