Loan deal on hold for West Brom's George Thorne

Albion have put the block on a loan move for George Thorne despite boss Steve Clarke insisting the young midfielder is recovering well from a serious knee injury.

George Thorne of West Bromwich Albion U21 and Adam Campbell of Newcastle United.
George Thorne of West Bromwich Albion, left

Both Watford and Derby have expressed an interest in the 20-year-old.

But Clarke played down Thorne’s early exit from Sunday’s Under-21s victory over Liverpool and insisted both he and veteran Zoltan Gera – who was also taken off – are making good progress as they return from cruciate knee ligament problems.

“At the moment the important thing for George is to concentrate on his fitness,” said Clarke.

“He’s had a couple of Under-21s games that he hasn’t been able to finish so he’s still looking for a little bit of fitness to take forward for the rest of the season.

“If George gets to a stage of his fitness where he’s able to handle a loan move, then it’s something we’d consider. But for now it’s better he stays here and works with the medical people, who know how he’s recovering.

“We’re in a position with ‘Zolly’ where we don’t take any risks.

“He felt something in the game. His hamstring tightened a little bit so the no-risk policy means we took him off.

“He doesn’t seem too bad, which is good – and George is similar.”

Comments for: "Loan deal on hold for West Brom's George Thorne"

The Real Bully Hoo.

Derby would be a good loan when he's fit. He would come back a better player from working with a good coach.

baggiebuoy

I agree on Thorne. I still say Gera is finished as a premier player and needs to depart gracefully.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I'd love to know how you come to this decision. Have you spoken to the doctor, have you seen him in training, have you spoken to him or is it all based on some sort of sixth sense?

Why depart gracefully when there's still a chance of leaving in a blaze of glory?

The Real Bully Hoo.

PS.

Has he been getting his fitness playing with the under 12's? That lad looks about 4 ft tall.

baggiebuoy

It's based on logic. His age prohibits him from making a 100% recovery needed at this level. We also need to offload at least 4 squad players, otherwise the club will have financial problems.

DwarfzappA

A True HawThorne

I'm not sure, is he a midfield holding player, if so (when he's up and running) he can challenge or fill in for Yacob or Mulumbu, i would have thought this is the way forward.

COYB

capehill

TRBH , no that's paul scoles