Benfica forward Chris Willock could be in line to make his loan deal with West Bromwich Albion into a permanent one, according to The Express and Star.
The 21-year-old arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer from Portuguese giants Benfica on an initial loan deal, and it is now reported that the Midlands based club are considering making the move permanent.
Willock is yet to feature for the Baggies’ first team and has not been included in a matchday squad by boss Slaven Bilic since his arrival.
Despite his absence, Willock, who is the older brother of Arsenal midfielder Joe – has impressed with the U23 side.
Having developed in Arsenal’s various youth teams, Willock was sold by the Gunners to Benfica in 2017, signing a five year deal with the Portuguese side.
During his time with The Eagles, Willock made 64 appearances for the B team, scoring 14 goals in the process.
Aside from his club development, Willock has also featured for England at various youth levels, being announced in the Team of the Tournament at the U17 European Championships in 2015.
With club officials now said to be discussing whether or not to pursue the deal – fans of the Baggies took to Instagram to give their opinions.
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WBA are currently assessing whether to take 21-year-old Chris Willock on an permanent, having an option to buy in January. Albion have deemed him to be a player with great potential, and has impressed in his 7 appearances for the U23s. Would you purchase Willock? ______________ #wba #wbalatest #westbrom #wbafc #baggies #westbromfc #westbromwichalbion #albion #baggie #atid #motm #football #soccer #efl #eflchampionship #slavenbilic #croatia #superslav #chriswillock
Here are some of those fan comments:
wayne_green_17: Yes get it done 1000%
sandiephoenix5: The recruitment team got things right in the summer. If they’re happy, I’m happy
a.sarge1: Yes we need the man power and if he has great potential then why not
mrscarbs: He’s been amazing in the couple of games I’ve watched for the U23’s. Definitely.
patsy6160sp: A future prospect. In Slav we trust
dylan._f._: Id take him in ,like the look of him from what I’ve seen from small bits so far
ad.mander.92: Yes as he’s young and very highly rated