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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic will have been satisfied heading into the international break, as his side sit on top of the Championship with just under a quarter of the season complete.
Bilic though is not resting on his laurels and is making plans for the future with a permanent deal for 21-year-old loan forward Chris Willock being considered, with the Benfica youngster continuing to impress for the U23’s, as reported in Birmingham Live.
So would a permanent deal for the Willock be a shrewd move by the Baggies?
“I believe this could be a good move for the club, yes.
“In Willock, the Baggies would be bringing in a relatively young player that has bags of potential.
“Whilst he would also add to their existing permanent attacking options.
“I also feel that Bilic has proved this term that he is happy to put faith in young players, which can only be a good thing for Willock’s development, should he sign permanently at the Hawthorns.”
“Chris Willock would be an excellent long-term decision that would be brilliant for West Brom, especially if they’re to get promotion to the Premier League this season.
“Willock has so much potential, having played for Arsenal and now Benfica, he has the ability to play at the top level in the future.
“He’s yet to feature for West Brom in the Championship yet, but I’m sure that he’ll earn his opportunity at some point throughout the season.
“It would be a good idea, and despite a hefty transfer fee that would probably be involved, it’s a risk that I’m very sure would pay off for West Brom.”
“Willock has so far struggled for opportunities at his new club, but this revelation suggests he has still been impressing in training and with the U23s.
“The only reason he isn’t getting any first-team action is because of the impressive form of West Brom’s attacking unit, but Willock is an excellent back-up option for the club to have.
“He is still only 21 which means he still has some developing to do, and his versatility means he could continue to add depth across West Brom’s front line for the foreseeable future.
“I’m not sure Albion should be looking to pay big money for Willock, but it is definitely something they should look at if he is available for a relatively cheap price.”