Steve Clarke ponders loan exit for West Brom duo

Albion boss Steve Clarke today refused to rule out another loan spell for youngster George Thorne – and revealed he could send Craig Dawson out too.

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The Baggies head coach believes a six-week spell at Peterborough was key to Thorne’s education with the midfielder recalled for the Baggies’ Christmas trip to Manchester United.

And he admitted he would consider loaning Thorne, who turned 20 yesterday, again at the end of January should he fall back down the pecking order.

“The loan helped him,” said Clarke. “People who saw his performance at Old Trafford know he did well.

“Even when he came into the game against Fulham the other day he showed that he has improved.

“We got some great reports from Peterborough and that loan was just what the boy needed – regular football. I always knew he had big potential but he couldn’t break into the side. We used him in the Capital One Cup ties, but really he just needed some game time.

“We will see what is happening towards the end of the month and I would like to keep him playing. So if we get to the situation where he is not getting enough games we would look to put him out again.”

Dawson has also struggled for first-team chances this season after falling behind Gabriel Tamas in the race to provide cover for Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley at centre-back. Bolton and Crystal Palace have been linked with loan bids.

And Clarke admitted: “Craig would benefit from playing games and we’ve discussed him going out on a few occasions this season. But I have three defenders injured so there’s no way Craig can leave us just now.”

Meanwhile, Albion remain unfazed by reports linking Arsenal with a move for Olsson. The defender reportedly told a Swedish newspaper: “It’s flattering but I am focused on West Bromwich and the season.”

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Jack ♣ Hat.

Being as E&D haven't supplied a reply box for Derek, my tribute is here.

Derek Kevan was my teenage football idol. His up and at 'em style was thunderous. He struck fear in most defences and made the others uncomfortable. The Russians dubbed him "Tank" and "Locomotive" during the 1953 world cup. Tank being the one that stuck. Derek go steady up there and don,t knock to many about. Thanks for the good times mate. Jack♣Hat.


SC Baggie

Jack like you Derek Kevin was my hero too......I started going to the Albion in 1950 and did we have some good players and teams then. But the late Ray Barlow and Derek Kevin were tops for me.

Thanks Derek for the memories R.I.P.

It is vital these players get playing time to keep their progression and experience moving in the right direction, whether at their mother club or out on loan.


Jack ♣ Hat.

Sorry, 1953 was when Derek joined us, 1958 world Cup.



Dawson should be given a chance as possible replacement for olsson

Mike Freeman

I must admit health issue do not allow me to attend matches but from the outside we don't seem to win many with Tamas in the team. It may be I have an unfair downer on him but I have seen TV matches where I think he was poor. Why not give Dawson a run? Or am I being unfair?

Anyone do the stats to see if I am wrong?

'The Class of 68'

Home Grown Players

In my time (50yrs ish) Albion have produced some outstanding footballers, hopefully we can get back to producing a Brown, Hope, Robertson, Lovett, Robson, Statham etc etc etc

This is the Albion i remember, hopefully we are moving back in this direction


Very sorry to hear that Derek as passed away he was my boy

hood hero ,when he got that ball running forward he put

the fright to any defender and seen many a time he as

shoulder charged the goal keeper into the net .

Also worked for him on the Albion lottery .

Keep on scoreing up there .