Saddlers snap up Baggies midfielder

Tue, 06 Mar 14:14:09 2012

Walsall have signed West Brom midfielder Sam Mantom on loan, subject to Football League clearance.

The 20-year-old, who has come through the ranks at the Hawthorns, has featured just once for the Baggies this season - in the 4-1 Carling Cup victory at Bournemouth in August.

Saddlers manager Dean Smith was delighted to have secured Mantom's services.

He told Walsall's official website: "He's a young lad that I have kept an eye on over the past couple of years. He has matured into a very good player and is training regularly with the first team at Albion.

"Having spoken to the people there and having watched him in action myself, I know that he is ready for the challenge and I am looking forward to working with him here.

"He will be a useful acquisition for us. He's a ball player who is comfortable on the ball and plays with a maturity beyond his years."

Mantom could make his debut in the Saddlers' npower League Two clash with Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

 

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