Sam Field joined Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion in the summer and the midfielder has impressed since his arrival at The Valley.
The 21-year-old made twelve appearances for West Brom in the Championship last season, but Slaven Bilic decided to send him out on loan to Charlton this summer – along with Jonathan Leko – to allow him to gain more experience.
Field has been an important player for Charlton so far this season and has already made seven appearances in the Championship, although three of them have come from the substitutes’ bench.
It could turn out to be a very sensible decision for West Brom to send Field out on loan. With the players that Bilic brought in this summer, he would surely have been pushed further down the pecking order at the Hawthorns.
At this stage of his career, it’s so important for him to be playing regular first-team football and sending him out on loan to Charlton will allow him to gain some valuable experience in a very competitive league in the Championship.
Charlton are a good club and they’ve got a good manager in Lee Bowyer, somebody who has shown that he’s prepared to give young players a chance.
Bowyer is all about improving young players and he should be able to get the best out of Field and help make him a better player.
He was able to get the best out of loanees Josh Cullen and Krystian Bielik last season, and he should be able to do the same with Field.
West Brom are hoping to challenge for promotion this season, so it’s fair to say that Field probably wouldn’t have been afforded too many opportunities in the first team at the Hawthorns due to his lack of experience.
However, he’s pretty much guaranteed to get opportunities in the team at Charlton and his performances for the Addicks so far this season have been good.
He’s very good on the ball, has a good range of passing and certainly isn’t afraid to get stuck in – which is something that will have impressed Bowyer.
He’s played an important part in Charlton’s promising start to the season and as most loan players usually do, he should continue to improve as the season progresses.
He could yet have a bright future at West Brom and the decision to send him out on loan to Charlton could turn out to be a masterstroke from Bilic.