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West Brom Tracking Craig Wighton


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West Brom are tracking highly-rated Dundee striker Craig Wighton, Courier Sport can reveal.

The English Premier League club sent their chief Scottish scout Stuart Millar to check out the teenager in a recent under-20 match against Dunfermline.

And he would have been impressed with what he saw, as Wighton stole the show with a stunning individual goal to win the match for the Dark Blues.

The Baggies aren’t the only big club down south monitoring Wighton’s progress.

Sunderland, Southampton and Swansea City have all been regularly represented at matches involving the 17-year-old.

Wighton has been in and out of the first team over the last year-and-a-half.

He has made 25 appearances and notched three goals - one of them making him Dundee’s youngest ever scorer at just over 16-years-old.

The Scotland under-17 international also had a short spell on loan at Brechin City, scoring in two of his three starts.

Dundee boss Paul Hartley is being careful not to rush his young star’s development.

He said earlier this week: “Everybody is crying out for him to be playing every week but he is still 17.

“We have to look after the young lad. He’s at that age where he is still developing as a player.

“He came on in our last game against Aberdeen and there aren’t many 17-year-olds in and about first-team squads in the Premier League.

“So Wighton will get his chance like everybody else but he is still developing as a player.

“Physically he is still developing, mentally he has still to develop.

“With young players it is easy to put them in the team and they can come in and do well for short periods of time.

“But it is over their career and a long period of time where they have to find that consistency.”

Dundee have Wighton tied up until the summer of 2017, but their resolve to keep him could be tested in the summer if a big money offer is tabled for their prized asset.

Source: The Courier

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TheDarkBlues, on 02 Apr 2015 - 6:46 PM, said:

I think most Dark blues would be happy at him getting around 20 minutes a game till the end of the season, but I think PH was just generalising here and nothing more.

That would be a start but I don't think it's going to happen - hope I'm wrong.

I see Wighton's style as a like for like with Harkins.  If Harkins was fit he would be a shoe in most, if not every week.  GH being injured for so long should mean to me that CW gets an extended chance in that role but it doesn't happen.  Maybe the games after the split, when we are certain of where we are, would be better for this.

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