Date: 8th August 2019 at 2:00pm
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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.

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.

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