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Kevin Phillips has suggested that Rayhaan Tulloch might be loaned out by West Brom next season with him due to pen a new deal at The Hawthorns.
The 19-year-old forward is one of Albion’s hottest young properties but he could have left for peanuts at the end of this season with his contract set to expire.
Rangers and Aston Villa were both linked with the Birmingham-born attacker, who scored nine goals and supplied four assists in 14 Premier League 2 appearances this season as well as appearing three times in the first-team.
Fortunately, a report by The Athletic says that Tulloch is now set to sign a new contract at West Brom and could be in Slaven Bilic’s squad for the remaining nine games of the Championship season, which restarts next week.
Phillips sees this as a major opportunity for Tulloch but if worst comes to worst and he struggles to feature, the ex-Baggies forward claims the teenager could be sent out on loan.
“It’s great that they’ve tied him down. Whether he’ll get the opportunity or not, it’s up to the kid now to really push and impress,” the pundit told West Brom News.
“With the financial impact of the coronavirus on football, this might come at the right time for him – not just him but many other young players.
“These clubs might not be able to spend to bring people in so they’re looking to give opportunities to young players so it might have worked out at the right timing for him.
“Hopefully that’ll be a great addition for Slaven and his squad. Let’s hope he gets an opportunity and if he doesn’t then maybe there’s the possibility he can go out on loan to learn his trade and improve.”
Tulloch would benefit a lot from being sent out on loan because, as it stands, the youngster has made just five senior appearances in his career.
All of those appearances have come in the FA Cup in the last two seasons but if West Brom can wrap up an automatic return to the Premier League with games to spare, Bilic may hand Tulloch a league debut in the final nine matches of this term.
After that, it will be down to whether or not Bilic sees Tulloch being able to shine in the Premier League.
If he hasn’t had much chance in the Championship then it’s likely that opportunities will be few and far between in the top-flight.
But with how highly-rated the young forward is, there’ll no doubt be second-tier clubs queuing up to sign him on loan from Albion.
In other West Brom news, an EFL manager has declared interested in signing this 23-year-old from the Baggies.