Why West Brom signing Emile Smith Rowe would be good for all parties
According to a report in Birmingham Mail, Championship club West Bromwich Albion could move to sign Arsenal’s youngster Emile Smith Rowe. This is after the Baggies were dealt a real blow as Harvey Barnes was recalled by his parent club, Leicester City.
As per the Mirror, the Birmingham-based club could look to sign the former on loan. The 18-year-old has been with the Gunners since the age of 10 and come through the ranks at his club. He has played a few cup games for the first-team, as Unai Emery has provided him with the chance to excel.
Here’s why a short-term move to West Brom would be good for the Baggies and also for the player:
Playing time at the highest level would aid
After the kind of impact Barnes harnessed in his time at the Hawthorns, it was understandable that Darren Moore’s men would miss him after his departure.
The 21-year-old scored 9 goals and supplied 6 assists in 26 league appearances, before being called up by his original club. West Brom were flowing in the attack when the youngster had the ball to make the difference.
Emile Smith Rowe is a quality player who could do by playing more games at a higher level to challenge for a first-team spot at Arsenal. Just like Barnes, the Gunners academy product is capable of playing anywhere across the front-line, either on the wings or as an attacking midfielder.
Among many attributes, the 18-year-old possesses a great sprint and acceleration speed to go past defenders. He can use the aforementioned pace to play between the lines.
Furthermore, he can hold the ball well, look for options and feed the key passes when needed. The teenager is equally good in dribbling and uses his body to turn defenders around.
All in all, Smith Rowe has the propensities to be a great player in the coming years. It is natural that at the age of 18, he is struggling to get game time at a big club like Arsenal. Hence, the next best thing for him is to move elsewhere on loan, perform well, catch the eye of the manager and come back to fight for a place in the first-team.
And West Brom are offering exactly that. Thus, if the Baggies do make this deal happen, it will be best for all parties.