Report: West Brom make decision about Chris Willock's future

Slaven Bilic the head coach

Chris Willock is yet to make an appearance in the Championship for Slaven Bilic's West Bromwich Albion since joining on loan from Benfica.

Chris Willock of West Bromwich Albion is challenged by Jake Hackett of Sunferland AFC during the Premier League 2 match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on...

West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Benfica loanee Chris Willock on a permanent basis, according to the Birmingham Mail, despite the winger’s lack of first-team chances under Slaven Bilic this season.

While brother Joe is establishing himself at Arsenal and filling the void created by Aaron Ramsey’s money-spinning move to Juventus, Chris Willock is stuck in the reserves at The Hawthorns.

 

Since joining on loan from Benfica in the summer, Willock has not made a single Championship appearance. He hasn’t even been included in the matchday squad so far with the 21-year-old being forced to bide his time with the U23s.

But that does not mean that Willock has no future in the Midlands. Quite the contrary.

Chris Willock of SL Benfica B celebrates after scoring a goal during the Ledman Liga Pro match between SL Benfica B and CD Mafra at Caixa Futebol Campus on August 26, 2018 in Seixal,...

According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom are indeed interested in turning the former Arsenal youngster’s loan deal into a permanent transfer either in January or at the end of the season. They have obviously been impressed by Willock’s displays for the reserves, though it remains to be seen how much Benfica want for him.

Willock, who can play on the left or the right, will be hoping to make a first-team debut for West Brom sooner rather than later but that’s certainly a challenge given the amount of talented wingers already at Bilic’s disposal.

Chris Willock of Arsenal takes on Scott McTominay of Man United during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on May 8, 2017 in London,...

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