'Wow', 'oh dear': Some West Brom fans think the Baggies have made a 'shocking' decision
West Brom fans have given their thoughts on the news confirming Rekeem Harper’s permanent move away.
The Baggies announced the 21-year-old’s switch to Ipswich on Friday afternoon.
According to the East Anglian Daily Times, West Brom and Ipswich struck a deal for Harper two weeks ago.
The Blues have reportedly paid an initial £500,000 for Harper, though the fee could rise to £1million.
The move was apparently rubberstamped after Valerien Ismael became Albion’s new manager.
Harper has signed a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth, added EADT.
“All the tools to be a player”
Harper joined West Brom’s ranks at 11 and was already on the fringes of the first team at 16.
He made his Premier League debut aged 17, coming on as a second-half substitute in the win over Bournemouth in August 2017.
Harper has made 41 appearances for the Baggies and also took in loan spells at Blackburn and Birmingham while on Albion’s books.
The talented midfielder earned praise from then Baggies boss Tony Pulis at the start of 2017.
“Rek has done fantastic,” the Express & Star quoted Pulis as saying.
“He’s a young midfield player who is only 16, but he’s got all the tools to be a player.”
West Brom fan reaction to Harper’s departure
Shocking decision— Walter (@waltererose) June 25, 2021
Best thing for him to reinvigorate his career he was never gonna be a regular starter for us he needed this good luck Rekeem go smash it 👊👍— James 🏴 (@JamesWBA4) June 25, 2021
Wtf 🙈 surely let the new manager see him first and decide. Same as all the other players we've let go.— Dean Garratt (@garratt_dean) June 26, 2021
Literally no need….— Aiden (@aidenjma) June 25, 2021
Way too good for league 1— Mainey (@maineyyy19) June 25, 2021
oh dear— Jacob (@wba_jacob2) June 25, 2021
Wow can’t believe the downfall in under two years, was such a quality player under Moore and Shan. Best of luck @Rekeemharper8 💙— 𝑫𝒂𝒏🗣 (@danwba_) June 25, 2021