Slaven Bilic has hailed West Brom youngster Callum Morton for being “made of steel”.

The striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Northampton Town, scoring eight goals in 12 matches as his side won promotion to League One via the play-offs.

Off the back of that impressive form, West Brom News recently revealed that the boss has given the green light for Morton to be handed a new deal at The Hawthorns.

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And Bilic has doubled down on his praise of the 20-year-old with a very public declaration of his admiration.

As quoted by the Express and Star, he said: “Callum did unbelievably well at Northampton.

“When I joined the club I liked to talk to him in the gym. He was big time injured. But he was working every day, every day, every day.

“I spoke with him a lot of times, he wasn’t training with the group but I had a lot of chats with him.

“I didn’t know him as a player but to see that character – he has got something special. He is made of steel.”

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After his impactful spell with Northampton, it’s hard to argue with Bilic’s comments on Morton.

The youngster was a vital component in the club’s promotion to League One, and he looked every inch a talent to watch.

Bilic isn’t the only senior figure to lavish praise on him either.

Speaking to The Athletic earlier this season, ex-Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: “I was really impressed with a lot of the lads at the Albion at youth level but he brought a different dimension.

“He was raw. He looked as though he was desperately keen to be a professional footballer. He is a throwback to the old days and he has a great attitude.”

Expect big things from this young man in the future.

In other West Brom news, Bilic wants to sign this Brentford star in the summer.

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