Speaking to West Brom News, Ex-West Brom striker Kevin Phillips has urged his former club to hold onto young star Rayhaan Tulloch, amid reported interest from Rangers, West Ham and Brighton.
West Brom starlet Rayhaan Tulloch has been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns in recent weeks. Football Insider claimed that Scottish Premiership side Rangers are keen, while West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion were linked in a report from The Scottish Sun.
Amid the interest, former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips has weighed in on the situation. Phillips spoke to West Brom News about the interest in Tullochm, saying that the club should keep him at the club, rather than cash in and move him on. He said:
“If you’ve got clubs like that sniffing around then, for me, why would you let him go? Keep him at the football club. He’s a young lad and I’ve said before that I like to see young players go out on loan. Why would you let an asset like that leave the club when he’s one of your own who you’ve developed?”
Phillips went on to make a prediction as to what West Brom will do this summer. He said that he thinks he will not be in the first-team next season, calling for the club to send Tulloch out on loan.
“My personal opinion is that they’re not going to use him next season so send him out on loan and let him develop and then look at your options,” he added.
“We all know that West Brom need a striker so in 12 months’ time, when he comes back, he could be ready to go straight into the first-team. It wouldn’t make sense to let the kid go. If clubs are chasing him then they’ve got a talent on their hands.”
Tulloch has come through West Brom’s youth academy and after impressive performances for the club’s youth sides, he has started to appear in the first-team picture.
For the Under-18s, Tulloch scored 23 goals in 38 games and for the Under-23s, he netted 14 goals in 47. He has gone on to make five appearances for the senior side and will now be hoping to push on and nail down a place in the senior side.