West Bromwich Albion’s Rekeem Harper has stated his desire to become a football manager when he retires from playing.
The 20-year-old is one of many young talents at West Brom, but has struggled for game-time this season. Harper has only featured six times in the Championship, playing more games for the development squad instead.
But the midfielder has big aspirations for his footballing career. Taking part in the club’s ‘101 Questions’, Harper discussed all, and outlined his dream to one day be the man in the dugout:
“When finishing the game I’d like to manage at a high level after, hopefully, a good career where I will have built a good reputation for myself so that I have lots of options to choose from,” he said.
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The Birmingham-born Harper has been with the Baggies since the age of 12, making his first-team debut back in August 2017 aged 17. He’s a player that many West Brom fans are excited about, and have been disappointed not to have seen more of him under Slaven Bilic.
A loan-move was expected for Harper at the start of the season, with the likes of Leeds, Fulham and QPR showing an interest earlier on, and should West Brom achieve promotion this season then a loan-move next time round seems more likely.
Footballers need big aspirations like Harper’s. He’s many more years of playing left ahead of him and many expect him to develop into a fine footballer. Under Bilic though, Harper hasn’t been as involved as he would’ve been hoping, and next season could be pivotal for him.