BBC Sport report details whether Callum Morton can play for West Brom in final matches
Callum Morton helped fire Northampton into League One on Monday night as the West Brom loanee scored in the play-off final against Exeter City at Wembley.
Morton, 20, joined Keith Curle’s side on loan in January and has since caught the eye of Baggies fans by scoring eight goals in 12 appearances.
His latest – and final goal of his loan spell at Northampton – came at the home of football on Monday as he netted in the 4-0 hammering of Exeter to secure his temporary club a spot in League One.
Morton’s goalscoring exploits have not gone unnoticed at The Hawthorns and there have been fans who are wondering if, now that his loan spell is over, the in-form striker can play for West Brom in their bid to win promotion to the Premier League.
Slaven Bilic’s side has been devoid of goals lately with Albion failing to score in any of their last four Championship matches.
However, unfortunately for the Baggies, Morton will be blocked from playing for the Black Country club between now and the end of the season, even though his loan spell at Northampton has ended.
Last week, BBC Sport reported that some returning loan players can play for their parent club if they meet a number of requirements.
Returning players must be returning from a curtailed league, which Morton is. However, players who have featured in play-offs cannot be used by parent clubs, which means Morton cannot play for West Brom.
Morton has done really well at Sixfields but even if he was available to play, it was unlikely that Bilic would have selected him.
Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore have all been utilised by the Baggies boss this season and it is likely he’ll stick with the more experienced options rather than take a chance on Morton.
Yes, Morton’s form at Northampton was stunning and a goal at Wembley in a play-off final is always going to be something that captures attention.
Unfortunately, we might have to wait some time before seeing what he can do in the blue and white stripes of West Brom.
In other West Brom news, Bilic is eyeing up a move for this West Ham defender.