West Brom consider letting Mattock go out on loan

Joe Mattock may go on loan this season, although West Bromwich Albion are keen to keep hold of the defender whist they are short of cover at left back.

Joe Mattock may go on loan this season, although West Bromwich Albion are keen to keep hold of the defender whist they are short of cover at left back.

The England Under-21 international is looking to put his recent court case behind him after being given a suspended jail sentence for pleading guilty to affray in a nightclub 12 months ago.

Hawthorns technical director Dan Ashworth admits the club could let the defender return to the Championship before the loan window ends when Cech returns to fitness.

"He's a young boy. What happened was worrying for Joe but he was 19. He's still young," said Ashworth.

"He will knuckle down and focus on a promising career. We are sure he will be fine.

"We have had some interest in Joe but he was injured, and I think people were concerned about the court case, so it will be interesting to see what happens."

Ashworth added: "Joe has achieved a lot in his career. He played a lot of games for Leicester, a lot for us last season.

"He's got two terrific players vying for the same spot in Nicky Shorey and Cech.

"If he goes to the Championship to gain more experience, then fine. But we currently only have one fit left-back and Joe will be fit before Marek so he will stay here for now."

 
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