Why have West Bromwich Albion sent one of their most talented young players on loan to India rather than to a Championship club?
The summer transfer window threw up a number of interesting deals but one that may have slipped under the radar is West Bromwich Albion youngster Adil Nabi’s loan move to Indian side Delhi Dynamos.
The Indian Super League side will have the 21-year-old on their books until the end of December, allowing him to play 14 matches before heading back to The Hawthorns, but given the player’s undeniable talent it is a somewhat baffling move at this stage of his career.
With no disrespect to his current club, Nabi would have been better off moving on loan to a Championship side, allowing West Brom manager Tony Pulis to keep an eye on him and see what he can do week in, week out in England.
After all, that is where West Brom fans will be hoping he ultimately succeeds and for a first loan spell it makes little sense if the player is seen as having a long-term future at the Baggies.
Nabi has appeared 73 times for West Brom’s under-21 team, scoring 26 goals and providing 12 assists in the process, and he is now widely regarded as one of the most talented young players on the club’s books.
By now he really should have been given a chance in Pulis’s first-team – if only as a late substitute – rather than racking up a huge amount of under-21 games and then temporarily shipped off to India.
A change of scene will certainly be a learning process for the young player, but at this stage of his career it should be all about getting him ready for Premier League football and questions will be asked among the fans about this decision.
Nabi may shine for the Dynamos and come back ready to challenge the likes of Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino for a starting spot, but for now it will leave most supporters scratching their heads.