DARREN Moore has explained Albion’s latest moves in the loan market which saw two players depart and another arrive on Friday.
Academy-produced youngsters Jack Fitzwater and Kane Wilson have agreed a season-long loan at nearby Walsall, with Jack returning to our League One neighbours where he earned plenty of plaudits last season.
At the same time, in came a player Darren considers to be one of the rising stars of the Premier League, 20-year-old Tosin Adaribiyo, fresh from Manchester City’s roll call of talent.
Tosin is another recruit of whom Darren has long been aware and who has been added to the squad for this season’s Championship campaign with a view to his making a genuine impact.
“Tosin is a young man but in terms of his football age, he is way in advance of his years,” says Darren.
“We’ve seen a number of young players prove that they are good enough to make an impression on the world stage and he falls into that bracket. I feel this is a fantastic opportunity for him and for the Club.”
Although Tosin will not feature in the Championship opener against Bolton, Darren sees his role in the battle ahead as more than just ‘back-up.’
He added: “He has speed, balance, presence. . . he’s very comfortable in possession of the ball and he will 100 per cent be a first team contender.”
There will be plenty of action, too, for ‘Fitz’ and Kane as they step into the Saddlers campaign in the third tier.
Kane was on loan at Exeter last season while Jack featured for the Saddlers and Darren is looking for the two to make the same strides over the course of this season.
“I think the continued development of Jack and Kane is the key thing for us,” said Darren. “They are going to an excellent club in League One where they will develop in the right manner both as footballers and people.
“They each improved significantly over the course of last season and if they make the same measure of progress over this campaign we will have two young players who will have very bright futures at this club.”