Ethan Ingram played for West Bromwich Albion’s U18s in 2019/20, making 11 appearances in all competitions. The 19-year-old split time between the U18s and U23s in 2020/21, making 27 appearances across the board. And he played for the first-team in 2021/22, making one solitary appearance at senior level.
Ingram is currently behind Darnell Furlong in the right-back pecking order and would benefit from competitive football after outgrowing the reserves, but Elias Burke of The Athletic isn’t sure whether Steve Bruce will keep him in the first-team.
The 19-year-old isn’t likely to get much playing time while Furlong is fit, so Ingram risks stagnating on the bench if kept in the first-team. A loan move could benefit all parties as it allows him to develop at a level best suited for his ability, but West Brom would then need to sign a right-back without a lucrative budget.
The Baggies are trying to keep their costs low as they have a lot of positions to strengthen, so it would solve one problem having Ingram as Furlong’s backup next season. Bruce will give him pre-season to prove his worth, so it’s up to Ingram to deliver under pressure.