This comes as West Brom reporter for the Express and Star, Joseph Masi, posted on Twitter, informing fans that young academy star Tim Iroegbunam is expected to leave the club to join Aston Villa after rejecting an improved offer from the Baggies to keep the youngster at the club.
Baggies fans were quick to respond to the news, giving their thoughts on Masi’s news…
“Just shut the academy down. It’s pointless. The stars move for pennies on the pound and we end up spending 3/4 years using the sub-standard leftovers no other club plucked before we finally admit they’re League One players. Accept defeat. Shut it down. Do what Brentford did.”
“The guy rejected a contract the day after he posted a video of himself saying he’s got a big season ahead for Albion….. couldn’t write it could you.”
“We’re surely due some compensation for Iroegbunam? Shame to lose another prospect but that’s football, no loyalty etc. Great news re. Griffiths, cracking prospect and Chalobah is a solid DM, so I hope we complete that one.”
“Shame about Iroegbunam. Look like a kid with potential and maybe close to getting involved with the first team next season. #wba“
“Just close the academy”
“Was so obvious he would end up there”
Judging by the reactions from WBA supporters, they’re not happy at once again losing a young talent and are left questioning their academy system.
Baggies fans’ annoyance with the club’s academy system is clear, amid the recent news that eight academy stars at the Baggies have signed new deals at the Baggies, with one fan saying ‘no doubt they’ll be snapped up by Chelsea in next to no time.’
West Brom haven’t had it too good with their academy system over the years, with Iroegbunam becoming the latest promising youngster to depart the club in an attempt for greener pastures, with the club losing young talents like Louie Barry, Izzy Brown, Yan Dhanda and Jerome Sinclair in the past.