West Bromwich Albion blocked Stoke City’s attempts to sign Sam Field on a permanent basis this summer as they felt he could make great strides on loan at Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic instead, according to the Express and Star.
Field was just 18 when he started to make his mark at The Hawthorns. Speaking to BBC West Midlands on February 22nd 2017, Tony Pulis claimed that Field was "technically, as good and as gifted as any footballer I've seen at that age."
High praise indeed from a man who has spent three decades in the dugout.
But, two and a half years on, Field is yet to match his undoubted potential with regular game time. He made just four starts during the entirety of the 2018/19 season and was farmed out on loan to Charlton Athletic before the new campaign kicked off.
Though that doesn't mean he doesn't have a future in the Midlands.
Minutes have been hard to come by at the Valley too with Field featuring in just 86 minutes of Championship football in Charlton colours but West Brom believe that Bowyer is the perfect manager to help the 21-year-old fulfil his potential, having worked wonders on other young midfielders like Krystian Bielik and Josh Cullen in the capital.
In fact, the Express and Star reports that West Brom decided to send Field on loan to Charlton rather than sell him to Stoke in the hope that a player Pulis tipped for the top can still forge a successful career at the Hawthorns.
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