West Brom must tie down Tyler Roberts with Rangers reportedly circling

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion look dejected after the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on December 23, 2017 in Stoke on...

Rangers target Tyler Roberts is out of contract this summer and Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion are under pressure to agree a deal.

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2017 in West Bromwich,...

The new manager bounce that West Brom were hoping for when they hired Alan Pardew to replace Tony Pulis simply hasn’t materialised. The Baggies have not won any of their five games under the 56-year-old – but it’s arguably an even bigger worry that they have scored just twice in that time.

In total, West Brom have hit the net only 14 times in the Premier League this season – the lowest in the top flight apart from bottom-of-the-table Swansea City.

So while teenager Tyler Roberts is hardly the solution right now, it would not exactly send out the right message if West Brom were to lose one of the most promising young strikers in English football on a free transfer.

Tyler Roberts of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the pre season friendly match between Walsall and West Bromwich Albion at Banks' Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Walsall, England.

18-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and, according to The Express and Star, West Brom are determined to tie him down to a long-term deal. Negations have taken place but, as it stands, no agreement has been forthcoming.

And Roberts’ potential availability has attracted plenty of suitors with Rangers the most recent to be linked with a move for the Welshman, whose five goals on loan at Walsall makes him the Football League’s most prolific teenager, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

Due to a loophole in regulations, Scottish teams can sign out-of-contract, England-based youngsters for a reduced compensation fee. This is how Celtic managed to get away with paying Fulham just £500,000 for Moussa Dembele in 2016, per Get West London.

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Celtic FC and Manchester City FC at Celtic Park on September...

But with goals in short supply at The Hawthorns right now, West Brom must do everything in their power to keep Roberts at the club.

He may be a star for the future rather than the present but, in their current predicament, Baggies fans need something to look forward to.

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