On Wednesday of this week, the rumour mill started mentioning talented young Charlton Athletic attacker Karlan Ahearne-Grant and West Bromwich Albion in the sentences.
The 21-year-old as represented England at levels Under 17 through Under 19 and his stock at Charlton has certainly been on the rise in recent seasons. Highly tipped as a youth product as he ended successive seasons at Under 18 level (as a schoolboy) as top scorer, he penned his first professional contract a week after his 17th birthday.
Making his first team debut later that month (September 2014) he’s now gone on to notch up 51 starting appearances for the side, with an additional 46 showings from the substitutes bench. In those games, he’s returned 21 goals. A successful loan spell in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign with Crawley also saw him find the net nine times in 15 matches.
In 2018/19 he’s stepped up a further level, scoring 14 times in 28 matches so far, so he’s in good confidence and finding consistency in front of the net now.
The original claim came from the Daily Mail and it was typical rumour mill fodder for January, but with talk of a £2million capture as his contract expires in the summer, for me, this is exactly the kind of punt that West Brom should be looking at.
Low cost, plenty of development potential and from our Board’s point of view – potentially incredible resale value!