The 20-year-old has amassed only 31 minutes of Premier League football and finds himself behind Conor Gallagher, Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers in the pecking order, so a temporary move away is the best solution for Harper to get first team action.
Richard Wilford of BBC West Midlands has revealed that the youngster underwent a medical at Birmingham City ahead of a loan move for the rest of the season, so the out-of-favour midfielder can finally get his career back on track.
— Richard Wilford (@wilfordwm) January 20, 2021
Despite West Brom being 19th in the Premier League and having the worst defensive record (43 goals conceded) in the division, Harper has still been overlooked by both Allardyce and his predecessor Slaven Bilic.
He has been an unused substitute in eight of Albion’s 19 Premier League games and was left out of the matchday squad nine times. He even dropped down to the under-23s on two occasions just to get some minutes on the pitch. (Transfermarkt).
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Birmingham are 17th in the Championship and recently picked up their first win in eight games, so Harper isn’t joining a high-flying side.
He will have Adam Clayton, Gary Gardner, Riley McGree, Ivan Sunjic, Mikel San Jose and Maikel Kieftenbeld for competition at St Andrew’s, so time will tell how he gets on.
What is for certain is that, with Albion being linked with moves for a host of midfielders such as Olivier Ntcham, Ozan Tufan, Okay Yokuslu, Clement Grenier, Hamza Choudhury, William Carvalho and Ben Pearson this month, the writing has been on the wall for Harper at The Hawthorns for some time.