West Bromwich Albion are eyeing up a possible loan deal for Chelsea’s talented young forward Ike Ugbo, according to reports from TEAMTalk.
Ugbo has spent the last season on loan at Roda JC in the Jupiler League (Dutch second division), and has scored 13 goals in 28 appearances, providing three assists as well.
The 21-year-old is yet to break into the Chelsea first team but remains eager to stay and challenge for a place, rather than move elsewhere permanently.
It is understood that both Chelsea and Ike Ugbo are on the same wavelength regarding his next loan destination, and would prefer for him to start getting gametime in the Premier League, to prepare him for a potential promotion to the first team in the coming years.
Ugbo is, however, entering the final year of his contract, and with a wide array of clubs circling the forward, Chelsea will need to decide on his future sooner rather than later.
Some of the other teams interested are: West Ham, Watford, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.
To secure Ike Ugbo on a season-long loan deal would be a low-risk move and one that most fans will likely expect to pay off, given how well he’s proven he can play in various leagues already.
A step up to the Premier League might be a stretch, though; so it will be interesting to see whether Bilic can realistically incorporate Ugbo into his side if Albion are indeed promoted this season.
If the worst case scenario does occur and West Brom are stuck in the Championship for another season, then perhaps Ugbo will be an ideal option to go for; but our fingers are crossed in the hopes that we won’t have to consider that outcome…