View: West Brom must plan to integrate Harry Whitwell into senior setup as he signs first professional contract
West Brom youngster Harry Whitwell has been impressing for the junior sides and does deserve his moment in the sun.
Carlos Corberan is a manager who’ll promote youth and that could be a very good sign for one of the club’s most promising young players.
On 17 November, the midfielder celebrated his 17th birthday in style, by signing his first ever professional contract. [West Brom official website]
He has featured regularly for Richard Beale’s Premier League 2 side and has already established himself as one of the main players for England’s under-18s.
With Jake Livermore now appearing to be on his last legs, rather than spending money on a new player the club could look to promote from within and turn to Whitwell.
He’s already got experience of winning trophies at his age as he won the Costa Calida Supercup in Spain back in September when his side beat Belgium under-21s 2-1 in the finale.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Livermore is leggy and clearly lacks the pace he once possessed – making him a liability more often than not.
Whitwell is someone who’s known for his high-energy game and while he may be relatively raw, he can make up for the deficiencies in his game with his workrate.
In other West Brom news, the Baggies must exercise their recall option on Caleb Taylor in the January transfer window.