Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Nigel Quashie has admitted that he would like to see Nathan Ferguson’s future at the Hawthorns resolved in the coming months.
The defender, who is a product of the Baggies’ youth academy, was on the brink of leaving the club during the January transfer window.
However, a move to Crystal Palace collapsed reportedly due to a disagreement over the severity of his knee injury.
According to The Athletic, the Eagles wanted West Brom to lower their demands as they believed that Ferguson needed to undergo an operation that would rule him out for the season.
However, the Baggies’ medical team insisted that the defender would only be out of action for six to eight weeks and thus were unwilling to sell him for less than £7m.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, Ferguson has yet to agree fresh terms with the club despite being offered a new five-year deal.
Currently being forced to watch on from the sidelines, it will be intriguing to see whether the 19-year-old is brought back into West Brom’s side by manager Slaven Bilic when he returns to full fitness.
Before picking up his knee problem, Ferguson made 21 appearances in the Championship in which he provided two direct goal contributions for the Baggies.
Speaking to Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke about the current situation regarding Ferguson, Quashie has admitted that he hopes it can be resolved.
The ex-West Brom man said: “There’s obviously a hiccup between him and the club which is going to determine where his future lies.
“But hopefully his future gets resolved and one thing that West Brom will be doing is what is best for the boy and what is best for the football club.
“Hopefully Nathan will look at the same situation and consider what is best for him and what is best for West Brom.”
Quashie insisted that a move away from the Baggies for Ferguson could depend on whether he is guaranteed the chance to play first-team football on a regular basis.
“One thing that I feel is important for Ferguson is whether he is going to get guaranteed game-time if he leaves.”
“When he was suspended, he was brought straight back into the team after serving his ban by Bilic which shows everybody that he is wanted at the club and that he is well loved and well respected.”