Dougie Freedman hits out at big club talent hoarders
DOUGIE Freedman has aimed a barb at top-flight clubs for hoarding young talents without giving them enough first-team opportunities.
He believes Wanderers would fund a move for the right talent, but has so far hit a brick wall in his efforts to find the right man.
Many fans have been clamouring for the return of West Brom’s Craig Dawson, while Wanderers have also been linked with a move for another Baggies youth product, striker Saido Berahino.
Dawson has played just once – in the Capital One Cup at the Hawthorns this season – and while Whites boss Freedman was not speaking specifically about the former England Under-21 star, he does believe the lack of opportunities for youngsters could come at a cost to the national team.
“It’s not really a question I can answer.
“Maybe it’s one for the England set-up. You should ask Roy (Hodgson) what he thinks about players sitting there week in, week out and not learning their trade,” he said.
“We would like to bring in players but right now there isn’t the quality and that is because the Premier League boys are keeping the players for the Capital One Cup or Europe. You can get the real younger players but are they the right ones just now? I think probably not.”
Baggies boss Steve Clarke claimed in midweek that he had been beset with loan requests for his young players but was not currently looking to send them out.
“Everybody in the Championship would take Dawson and Berahino,” he said.
“But they’re not going out because I like them and they’re in my plans. For the foreseeable future they’re not going out.
“That can change but, at the moment, there are no plans to let either out.
“We have been inundated with calls for both of them.”