In the summer transfer window, West Bromwich Albion bid farewell to midfielder Sam Field on a temporary basis, with the homegrown ace moving on loan to Charlton Athletic for the season.
The 21-year-old was a key player for the Baggies under Jimmy Shan and Darren Moore, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last term.
But the young midfielder found it hard to impress Slaven Bilic in pre-season, and five days after their opening day victory over Nottingham Forest, Field was sent out on loan.
Charlton Athletic acquired the midfielder’s services for the season, with the Addicks also signing Jon Leko on a season-long loan deal too.
The aim would have undoubtedly been for Field to gain regular game-time elsewhere – at the age of 21, that’s what he needs to be doing at this stage of his career.
With Lee Bowyer working well with the likes of Josh Cullen and Krystian Bielik, too, he was definitely the right man to grow Field as a player.
After making his debut in the first round of the Carabao Cup against Forest Green Rovers, Field established himself as a key player under Bowyer, making nine appearances for Charlton thus far.
Five of those appearances have come from the off, with four coming from off the bench.
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But the midfielder’s season has recently taken a big twist – in the 2-1 away defeat to Bristol City, he was taken off with injury in the 33rd minute.
He has since been unable to feature for Charlton, with Bowyer confirming that his injury will see him out of action until the start of December.