West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic had admitted that he feels sorry for Chris Willock, but has insisted that the on-loan forward will have to wait to for his chance in the team.
The 21-year-old joined Albion on a season-long loan from Benfica on transfer deadline day in August, but is yet to make his first-team debut for the Baggies.
The former Arsenal youngster has made the bench just once since his arrival at the Hawthorns – against Millwall in the Carabao Cup in August – and is yet to be included in the squad in the Championship.
His absence from the team has largely been down to the form fellow new arrivals Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana, who have both been excellent this season and have played a key role in the Baggies promising start to the campaign.
Willock has been in fine form for West Brom’s under-23s though and has scored plenty of goals in his attempts to persuade Bilic to give him a chance in the first team.
Bilic has now admitted that he feels a bit sorry for Willock because he is a talented player and has urged him to be patient and wait for his chance in the team.
“He is training with us,” Bilic said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“I feel a bit sorry for him because he is a top talent, but at the moment in those positions we are not only well covered, but well covered with players who are playing really well and there is not enough space to play all of them.
“We are rotating a few players – six players for four positions, or five for three positions, but I spoke with him and he has to continue to work hard, play for the under-23s and wait for his chance.”
Would a permanent deal for the Chris Willock be a shrewd move by the Baggies?
I get where Bilic is coming from here. Willock is an exciting and talented young player, Bilic wouldn’t have signed him if he wasn’t, but things just haven’t worked out for him since his move to West Brom.
He’s doing great for the under-23s at the moment and he’s obviously got the potential to make an impact in the Championship, but it’s unlikely he’s going to get a chance in the first team any time soon due to the form of Pereira and Diangana.
They’ve both have been excellent so far this season and have been two of the standout players in the entire Championship. West Brom probably wouldn’t be top of the table at the moment if it wasn’t for them.
They’ve become so crucial to the way that Albion play and it would make no sense whatsoever for Bilic to change a winning team now.