Ismael may be set for disaster over “powerful” West Brom beast, fans would be fuming – opinion

Ismael may be set for disaster over “powerful” West Brom beast, fans would be fuming – opinion

West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Reyes Cleary is attracting a significant amount of interest from the Bundesliga.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that all of Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Hoffenheim sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old in action for West Brom’s U18 side against Chelsea U18s back in August, with all three German clubs having maintained their interest in the striker since.

The report goes on to state that the Albion starlet, who is yet to sign a professional contract with the Championship club, is also being monitored by a number of Premier League sides, as well as some from the Italian top flight.

Fans would be livid

While West Brom have developed something of a reputation for producing exciting young talents in recent years, with the likes of Louie Barry and Nathan Ferguson coming through the Albion academy, the Baggies have often been unable to keep hold of their most promising youngsters, with the two aforementioned players leaving the club for Aston Villa and Crystal Palace respectively.

As such, considering just how much potential Cleary appears to possess, if the 17-year-old were to go down the same route as Barry and Ferguson, it would undoubtedly be something of a nightmare for Valerien Ismael, while also leaving fans of the club fuming.

Indeed, over his three Premier League 2 appearances so far this season, the centre-forward has scored six goals, bagging braces against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Fulham.

These performances have led to comparisons with former West Brom loanee Romelu Lukaku, while the Baggies U18 coach, Peter Gilbert, dubbed Cleary a “powerful forward player with an eye for goal and is an excellent finisher.”

So, it would certainly appear as if the West Brom youngster has an extremely bright future in the professional game, however, whether or not this future is at The Hawthorns will likely come down to just how hard Albion fight to keep hold of the centre-forward.

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