West Brom set to receive £300,000 for Celtic-linked Kyle Edwards
West Brom are set to receive a £300,000 fee for Kyle Edwards if he joins Celtic, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish newspaper reported on Friday [print edition, page 61] that Edwards, 23, has been linked with a move to the Glasgow club after his contract at West Brom expired.
Sun journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Celtic were keen on Edwards back in January and could re-ignite their pursuit of the attacker this summer.
Better than nothing
We’ve got no qualms with West Brom’s decision to release Edwards.
Although he has shown at times he can be an attacking spark for the Baggies, he’s done it on too few occasions and simply isn’t up to the standard we should be trying to have in our squad.
Edwards left the Baggies at the end of last month with 49 appearances for the Black Country club to his name, as well as four goals.
He barely played last season in the Premier League and was no more than a bit-part player under Slaven Bilic.
We’re pretty disappointed with how Edwards has developed but he’s yet another youngster who’s come through our academy, looked promising, got into our first team and never really gone to the next level.
Sam Field, Rekeem Harper and Jonathan Leko can all be put into the same category as Edwards.
West Brom’s best academy products of the last decade or so were released by the club too soon, found their feet elsewhere and are now playing in the Premier League, winning titles in Scotland or, if you’re Marcus Forss, attracting the attention of Borrusia Dortmund [The Athletic].
Albion are great at finding young talent and building them up but when it comes to transitioning into the senior squad, something is going wrong time and time again.
In other West Brom news, Valerien Ishmael has shared a brilliant tweet after he met Tony Brown and Chris Brunt at The Hawthorns.