West Brom are considering whether to trigger an option to buy clause in Chris Willock’s loan deal in January, according to the Express & Star.
Willock, 21, joined the Baggies on a season-long loan from Benfica in the summer but is yet to make a single appearance for Slaven Bilic’s first-team.
However the former Arsenal attacker has been impressing in the Under-23s, having scored three goals and supplied four assists in seven Premier League 2 outings.
The Express & Star reports that Albion have to pay what is considered a “reasonable fee” to sign Willock outright from Benfica with the club hierarchy viewing the young attacker as someone with a lot of potential.
It says how highly thought-of the England Under-20 international is for West Brom to want to sign him without him making a senior appearance for them.
Willock’s only matchday appearance in the first-team was when he was an unused substitute in the Carabao Cup defeat to Millwall in August.
Surely it would be a good idea to at least get him on the bench a few times in the Championship before signing him permanently?
Unfortunately for Willock, West Brom’s attackers have been in such good form this season that Bilic cannot justify leaving someone out and replacing them with the on-loan Benfica man.
There is still plenty of time to go before January and the busy festive period could see Willock finally make his long-awaited debut.
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