City seal loan agreement with West Brom talent

The Imps have announced a short-term loan deal for West Brom forward Jamie Soule from West Brom.

The move comes after another fellow West Brom loanee, Callum Morton, picked up an injury ruling him out for a couple of months. The deal seems to have been fast-tracked too, with no official photograph or quotes from our new arrival, who is eligible to play in this evening’s EFL Trophy tie at Mansfield Town.

Soule is a former England U17 international and a player we first mentioned on here a year ago as a possible recruit. He has come through the West Brom academy setup, signing a new three-year deal with the club last year ahead of a short loan spell at Barrow, where he appeared just twice.

The 19-year-old scored seven goals in 13 Premier League 2 appearances last season, adding a further six assists, showing the sort of form that once had German giants Borussia Dortmund linked with him. He will come in as a straight like-for-like replacement for Morton and although the duration of his loan hasn’t been specified, one would imagine it covers the duration of Morton’s injury.

Whilst many of the stats available are from Premier League 2 matches, he does seem to be a promising prospect. he’s 6ft tall, so should offer a little something in the air, and he appeared for West Brom U21s three season on the spin in the EFL trophy. His first outing came in a 2-0 defeat by Gillingham in 2016/17, where he got ten minutes late on. The following year, he added 18 minutes to his tally against Coventry, whilst in 2018/19 he played in a 2-1 defeat at Accrington and again in a defeat by the same margin at Macclesfield Town.

Wyscut only seems to track the Under 18 or Under 23 fixtures of big teams, such as Liverpool, but Soule is noted as having scored against Manchester United at both age groups, once in a 4-3 reverse in 2018 and again in a 3-1 defeat in 2019. In those games, plus one more against Liverpool. he averaged 2.39 shots on target per game and appeared to like a dribble as well, looking at the highlights. His goal in the 3-1 defeat by the Red Devils was the opener and saw him arriving at the back post after a wicked-looking cross, not unlike the ones we’ve been delivering of late.

It is hard to read too much into this move at this moment in time, Soule is very much a young and unproven prospect, but I have a sneaky feeling we might be getting a really good young player here. When I spoke about him before a West Brom mate of mine messaged and said we had ‘no chance’ as Soule was the brightest young thing in their academy.

He might just be the unknown, unexpected youngster that comes in and writes headlines for himself. A winning goal in the 90th minute against the Stags tonight would be very nice, thank you.