Read West Brom wrote about a dilemma Steve Bruce has about Ethan Ingram, and it appears Zac Ashworth is the subject of a similar quandary.

Bruce has a decision to make whether to keep Ingram in the first team as right-back cover next season or loan him out for the sake of his development, but Elias Burke of The Athletic says a choice must be made on Ashworth too.

The 19-year-old has risen through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2021, making 28 appearances for the U18s, 21 appearances for the U23s and three appearances at senior level. Ashworth is currently behind Conor Townsend in the left-back pecking order but would get opportunities if injury struck.

It just depends what course of action Albion decide to take. Loaning Ashworth out would allow him to get competitive football. But he may also learn from training with the first-team and being mentored by Townsend.

The Welsh U21 international is highly rated and was rewarded for his development by being promoted to the first-team on a handful of occasions this season, but is he ready to stay there for a full campaign? Or is it better for Ashworth to spend next season on loan to get regular opportunities?

West Brom don’t have lucrative funds for new recruits and need cover in defence, so Ingram and Ashworth being Furlong and Townsend’s deputy would be a cost-effective solution.

In other news, Ethan Ingram could join West Brom first-team next season