West Brom will allow Rakeem Harper to leave on loan this month following his omission from the squad that faced Blackpool in the FA Cup.
Albion were dumped out of the cup on penalties by the Seasiders as Sam Allardyce chose to not include many youth prospects in his side.
Some Baggies fans thought that Harper may be given a chance to shine against League One opposition but as he didn’t play, the club will allow him to leave.
Reported by Sky Sports Transfer Centre (Thursday 14, 13:41), the outlet claimed that as many as four Championship clubs are chasing Harper this month.
Sky Sports also stated that Harper is not part of Allardyce’s plans as he attempts to drag Albion away from the Premier League relegation zone.
It now only seems like a matter of time before Harper leaves on loan and this could be one of the better decisions the club has made in recent months.
Harper has barely had a look in this season as he only has 31 Premier League minutes to his name.
The 20-year-old did feature predominantly in the club’s woeful run in the Carabao Cup, playing every minute against Harrogate Town and Brentford.
This isn’t enough for the highly-rated youngster and him playing youth football every week will not aid his development.
It is the right time for Harper to be playing regular first-team football.
To some degree, the decision to not play Harper at Bloomfield Road makes sense as Big Sam was desperate for that first win.
But you can’t help but feel that Harper, a young player with something to prove, could’ve added a bit of life into a tired performance.
It is frustrating that we haven’t seen Harper more this season but if he isn’t in Allardyce’s plans then he needs to leave this month.
Championship experience could be invaluable if we do fail in the mission to avoid the drop.
In other West Brom news, Peace is continuing to hold Albion back.