By Sam Stone

13th May, 2022 | 11:10am

In-demand West Brom youngster intends to impress Baggies' boss Steve Bruce

West Brom youngster Caleb Taylor has insisted he is focused on impressing Steve Bruce, despite a host of clubs queuing up to sign him on loan.

As first reported by the Shropshire Star on Thursday [12 May], plenty of League One and Two clubs are interested in the 19-year-old defender.

However, Taylor has hinted that he has ambitions of impressing the Baggies’ hierarchy before a decision is made on his future.

As quoted by the Express and Star, Taylor said: “I’m just going to come back for pre-season, try to be as fit as I can and try to impress the first-team staff here.”

When asked about his future, the 19-year-old said: “I’ll leave it up to them [West Brom’s management] to decide where I am and let them make the decision.

“I’ve just got to work as hard as I can and make sure I’m doing the best I can.”


Although a loan move seems more likely, Taylor clearly believes in his ability after an excellent season for West Brom’s youth sides.

What the young defender must remember is the importance of playing first team football.

The majority of young players who succeed have had experience out on loan at League One or Two clubs.

As much as Taylor has been good in the background at the Hawthorns, his level will be unknown until he is playing men’s football.

A loan would be the best option for the 19-year-old, with the vast array of defensive options at the Hawthorns making a breakthrough into the first eleven unlikely.

If he was to remain in and around Bruce’s side then his development could be stunted.

Despite playing with better players, the Championship perhaps lacks the directness and Physicallity that is relied upon more in the Lower Leagues.

The West Brom man should take the decision to move and develop as a person and as a player in the lower leagues, it will be invaluable for him.

Taylor is tall for his age and looks like a player with real potential.

Be sure to keep tabs on his progression.

In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley says Steve Bruce didn’t want to sign Jayson Molumby permanently for West Brom