James Tavernier is one of the most productive right-backs in British football.
The 27-year-old scored or assisted 18 goals in all competitions last season and has already tallied five in six games in 2018/19 while Steven Gerrard did not wait around to hand him the captain’s armband at Rangers.
But despite West Bromwich Albion’s need for a more attacking option on their right flank, the vast majority of supporters had absolutely no interest in using Sam Field as a sweetener, even if the 20-year-old would only be moving to Ibrox on loan.
The Guardian (live blog, 11.11am) reported that the highly-rated Field could be used as bait in West Brom’s attempts to convince Rangers to cash in on Tavernier. TEAMtalk claimed that they had offered £3 million but the Gers were demanding £7 million.
But, in the eyes of many Baggies fans, Field needs to be given a run in the starting XI this season rather than farmed out elsewhere. The England U20 international is arguably the most talented youngster to come through West Brom’s academy in the last decade.
In fact, former manager Tony Pulis told the BBC West Midlands in 2017 that Field "technically, (is) as good and as gifted as any footballer I've seen at that age.”
Pulis has been in the game for 25 years.
Rangers can still make a move to sign Field on loan, with the Scottish window open until the end of August, but West Brom fans have made their view clear.
Not sure about this one Sam Field should be a regular at #wba— Bryan Hopkins (@airportbry) August 9, 2018
Rangers are league 2 standard, rather field go out on loan to a lower championship club— Luke Daniels (@westbromlad87) August 9, 2018
Gayle, Johnstone, Barnes, Bartley .... players your club can only dream of attracting. SFL #league2standard— Luke Daniels (@westbromlad87) August 9, 2018
You won't find a single westbrom fan who thinks it's worth losing Sam field for this right back ffs— wbafan94 (@Danoriordan94) August 9, 2018
The kid should be one of the first names on big Dave’s team sheet. I give up. We’ll be left with Livermore brunt and Barry.— lee (@br1cktop81) August 9, 2018
The kid needs to be starting this year not loaned out. #wba— Adam Lowe (@wittybanterlowe) August 9, 2018
@DarrenMooro don’t do it Darren he’s got a big part to play this year— MarkDM73 (@markdmortimer) August 9, 2018
Absolute fuming if this is true the lad should be starting CM for us please be a lie FFS— LukeDandy (@dandywbafc) August 9, 2018