James Shan is happy to see West Brom’s younger players leave the club on loan even if it is damaging the Under-21s promotion push.
The Under-21s coach has reflected on the side’s slip in form of late following an 11-game unbeaten run at the start of the campaign which has been replaced by a stretch of nine matches without a win, culminating in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against ten-man Black Country rivals Wolves.
The Baggies hopes of securing a place in the play-offs of the U21 Premier League Division Two are now in doubt and the poor run has coincided with players such as strikers Andre Wright and Tahvon Campbell being sent out on loan to Torquay United and Yeovil Town respectively.
And, while Shan is desperate to move the Albion youngsters up to a higher division, he accepts the players need to go out on loan to boost their individual careers.
“Ultimately I’d much rather players be out on loan gaining experience and we go in a little bit younger and weaker here,” said Shan in the Express & Star.
“It enables them to build a career and a pathway and hopefully if they go out and are successful at whatever level their loan is, they can build again and again.
“It stands them in good stead to get closer to our first team.”