Earlier this morning, West Bromwich Albion confirmed that Academy graduates Sam Field and Jonathan Leko had left The Hawthorns on season long loan spells with newly promoted Championship side Charlton Athletic.
21-year-old Field, and 20-year-old Leko won’t be eligible to play when we face Charlton in the league campaign, and they have made the move in time to potentially debut this weekend if manager Lee Bowyer wishes to call on them.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 8, 2019
It should be a good loan spell and some regular Championship action should certainly do them the world of good when it comes to their development, and if they weren’t going to get game time under Slaven Bilic, then it makes perfect sense to me and on Tuesday, when it came to Field, we already knew there was significant interest in his services and that the club were open to allowing him out on loan.
Speaking to wba.co.uk Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling said of the deal.
“With the players we are recruiting this summer, it’s an opportunity to maintain their development. It was important that they went to a manager who believes in them and Lee Bowyer certainly fits that category. I know Lee well and we have spoken about Sam and Jonathan’s development at Charlton and we are hopeful the two boys will come back to us with a strong body of first-team games behind them in the Championship and be ready for us. The worst thing for them would have been to keep them around the group here. They are past the level of under-23s football.”
Reacting to the departures on social media, a number of fans were hoping it was a sign of more incomings.
Both barely got played last year mate, we’ve also got Edwards, the two wingers linked, Krovinovic- and we can callback as close as January.
— Northern Irish Baggies (@NIBaggies) August 8, 2019
Not fussed about Leko, but very upset Sam has gone ???? he was like my favourite player…
— Bomber's Boots (@BombersBoots) August 8, 2019
He wouldn’t of played
— Tom Genner (@tommy_genner) August 8, 2019
Now announce some players
— matt???????? (@mxttarr1) August 8, 2019
Good luck guys!! Show what you're made of!! ????⚪️
Seriously we kept Livermore over Field????
— Kevin Green (@KevinGr18640522) August 8, 2019
I hope Field in particular is outstanding. He needs a decent run and how Livermore gets in front of him I have no idea. Good luck both. Hope you do brilliantly.
— Cads (@blackcountrycad) August 8, 2019
Weird. That looks like Sam Field in the picture but surely it should be that fraud Jake Livermore leaving, not the lad who never puts a foot wrong in the team..?
Good luck to both. Sam deserves better. Prove them wrong kiddo.
— Matt (@GGrubbie) August 8, 2019
Would rather have Field in CM this season than Livermore.
— MG (@mggriffiths84) August 8, 2019
Really wish we had kept Sam. He could give us so much more than Livermore
— CRP60???? (@ClivePrice60) August 8, 2019