Norwich City transfer rumours: West Brom dismiss loan enquiry for England U20 international Field
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West Bromwich Albion have reportedly dismissed loan enquiries for midfielder Sam Field from Norwich City and Championship rivals Sunderland and Derby.
The 19-year-old has made seven Premier League appearances for the Baggies this season but has played a bit-part role since the appointment of Alan Pardew at the end of November.
HITC Sport claimed City are among the teams interested in taking the England U20 international on loan if he is available, suggesting an enquiry had been lodged.
However, West Midlands newspaper the Express & Star have since reported that those loan enquiries have been turned away by Albion, adding that Barnsley were also keen
Field had started successive top-flight games under caretaker boss Gary Megson in November, a 1-1 draw at Tottenham and then scoring in a 2-2 home draw with Newcastle, and also started Pardew first two matches in charge.
Following a 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace the Stourbridge-born youngster started at Swansea but was taken off at half-time of a 1-0 defeat and has since only featured as a substitute in a 2-0 win at Exeter in the FA Cup third round.
The Baggies starlet represented England at U18 and U19 level and has so far been capped four times for the U20s, also earning his first call-up to the U21 squad last year.
Field has made a total of 17 senior appearances for his boyhood club, where he won the Academy Player of the Season award for 2015-16 and made his first-team debut shortly after his 18th birthday.
Pardew spoke to the Express & Star after the draw with Palace, in which he moved field to left midfield at half-time, about Field’s prospects last month.
“He has ticked some boxes in those three games,” he said. “One is his quality, two is his endeavour and work rate.
“It’s just what position is best suited to him. At times on Saturday he had his back to goal and it didn’t look comfortable for him.
“He looks like he needs to come from deep and that’s why we changed his position. All those things we need to find out.
“I spoke to Gary, who he played two games for and was terrific, fair play to Gary for picking him.
“Hopefully I will get the benefit of that. It’s three good performances.”
Field extended his West Brom contract until the summer of 2021 when he agreed fresh terms in November, having been with the club since the age of seven and previously been a ball-boy at The Hawthorns.
Norwich currently have Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed, Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Marcus Edwards on loan and are allowed to name a maximum of five loan players in a matchday squad.
City head coach Daniel Farke tends to play two holding midfielders, with Alex Tettey and Reed starting Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield United, with Mario Vrancic coming on but Tom Trybull battling missing the last three matches with a back injury.