By Daniel Feliciano

20th Jul, 2022 | 9:30am

Caleb Taylor could leave West Brom on loan, has offers from League One and Two

West Brom are due to make a decision on the immediate future of starlet Caleb Taylor, with Steve Bruce admitting he has plenty of admirers.

The 19-year-old recently penned a new contract with the club to tie himself down until 2025, and thrived in the first-team during their 3-0 friendly win over Oxford on Tuesday night [July 19].

After the game manager Steve Bruce admitted that his phone hasn’t stopped ringing with offers from League One and League Two for the defender, but the club are yet to make a decision on whether they’ll let him leave for the season.

“With Caleb Taylor and all the young ones we are looking at them and what is best for their progression,” Bruce said, as quoted by Birmingham Mail. “Can he get the minutes in or do we let him go out? I think he can easily play League One, is he ready for the Championship?

“We are looking at that one. He has got lots of admirers.”

Youth development

Defence is an area of the pitch where West Brom are pretty strong and quite deep, even with Cedric Kipre allowed to leave earlier in the window.

Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea, Semi Ajayi, Ethan Ingram and Zac Ashworth are all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order for the first-team, and with Bruce switching to a back four this season, there are less options needed.

While it would be great for him to stick around and get minutes here and there, his development would certainly be better suited to playing regularly even if it is down a division.

Bruce clearly rates him, and is sure of his abilities in League One, so getting him a good loan where he will play regularly will be better for everyone rather than letting him stagnate on the bench.

West Brom can be smart and put a break clause in any deal for January, just in case of injuries or performances that are more impressive than anticipated, and everyone will be a winner.

In other West Brom news, Bruce is confident of bringing in a loan striker