By Saikat Mandal

21st Jun, 2022 | 1:30pm

West Brom academy will retain Category One status for 2022-23 season

West Brom will retain its Category One status for the 2022-23 season, according to journalist Elias Burke.

Training Ground Guru reported on Tuesday (21 June) that the Baggies have been placed into “special measures”, but The Athletic journalist has branded those stories on Twitter as “inaccurate”.

It was feared that inspection will take place ahead of the new season, but as it stands, special measures are not part of the Premier League’s terminology.

Elias wrote on Twitter: “I understand West Brom’s academy will retain its Category One status for the 22/23 season, and reports suggesting it has been placed into ‘special measures’ are inaccurate.”

In a separate tweet, he further explained: “Not much more I can say other than that, mate. As Joe Masi highlighted, ‘Special measures’ is not part of the PL’s terminology. Plus, I’m not sure PL would extend a club’s Cat 1 status if it needed to be placed into ‘special measures’.”

Relief

The latest update will come as a big relief for the fans. It has been backed up by the ever-reliable Joseph Masi as well.

Masi of Express and Star has also suggested on Twitter (21 June) that Albion have retained its category one status, but the official confirmation should be out later on Tuesday. 

If indeed, the Baggies are stripped of their category one status, they would miss out on extra funding. At the same time, the Baggies won’t be able to sign players for their academy from Category One clubs. 

Traditionally, the Baggies are known to have one of the best youth academies in the country, but in recent years, there has been a gradual decline. 

At the moment, it looks likely that the reports floating around are wide of the mark, as West Brom squad are flying to Portugal for a warm-weather training camp. 

Several Baggies players including Josh Griffiths, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Alex Mowatt, Conor Townsend and Kenneth Zohore have already spent time in Portugal as they work to improve their fitness. 

In other West Brom news, Kenneth Zohore and Kean Bryan have had an early training camp to prove their fitness.