Everton and Leicester City are interested in 20-year-old West Brom midfielder Tom Fellows.
West Brom may consider loaning Fellows back to them if they cannot secure a new contract.
Fellows has potential but has not yet become a key player for West Brom, who are in a competitive playoff battle.
Don Goodman has delivered his verdict on West Bromwich Albion’s in-demand youngster Tom Fellows and suggested that Everton could offer to loan him back to the Baggies if they are “really desperate” to get a deal done this month.
It’s been a breakthrough season for Fellows, having come through the academy set-up at The Hawthorns.
Carlos Corberan has rewarded him with 15 Championship appearances, with the winger netting during the Baggies’ 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on 13 January.
Unsurprisingly, the 20-year-old’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed, with The Daily Mail reporting in its print edition (20 January) that Everton and Leicester City are tracking the exciting youngster.
The Baggies could find themselves in a difficult situation, with Fellows’ contract set to expire in the summer.
If they can’t tie him down to a new deal, there’s every chance of the winger leaving The Hawthorns as a free agent.
Goodman: Everton could loan Fellows back to Albion
Former West Brom striker Goodman has since shared his thoughts on Fellows’ potential Albion exit.
Talking to West Brom News, the Sky Sports pundit cannot see Albion allowing the 20-year-old to depart considering the shortage of forward-thinking players in B71.
“It pains me to say it, but they don’t have too many saleable assets. It’s not like they’ve got a Matheus Pereira that they can go and get £15 million pounds for,” said Goodman.
“They haven’t got anyone in that bracket. I don’t think Tom Fellows going to Everton would be good for him or West Bromwich Albion to be honest.
“If Everton were desperate, you’d like to think they’d sign him and loan him back to West Bromwich Albion for what remains of this season.
“I can’t imagine West Bromwich Albion just allowing Tom Fellows to leave given their shortage of forward players. From the moment I first saw him earlier this season, I’d never seen him or heard of him, but I thought ‘I like him’.”
He added: “He’s sharp, lively, aggressive in that he likes to take defenders on and hurt them, so I think West Brom have a really good player on their hands.
“His emergence, given their injury crisis and Grady Diangana going to AFCON, Jeremy Sarmiento leaving, it has been very timely.”
Fellows is not yet a key player at The Hawthorns
With just two starts, Fellows is yet to emerge as a key player.
Yes, he has immense potential, but Corberan has only just started integrating him into his first-team plans.
Between now and the end of the 2023/24 season, it will be intriguing to see how the Spaniard manages the winger. West Brom lie fifth in the standings, just two points above Hull City, who occupy seventh position.
Albion are now part of a hotly contested playoff battle, with ten-plus teams looking to land two berths in the top six. It would certainly be a bold move to entrust Fellows to help the Baggies extend their season beyond the start of May.
With league clashes against Birmingham City and Ipswich Town to come, it will be intriguing to see if Corberan continues to hand Fellows starts, or potentially revert to the tried and tested experience of Jed Wallace.