Chaplow to earn Saints stripes
By Ben Warburton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom midfielder Richard Chaplow will join Southampton on loan for three months.
West Brom midfielder Richard Chaplow will join Southampton in a three-month loan deal on Wednesday.
The move will happen once the emergency loan window re-opens for Championship clubs on Tuesday, with the England Under-21 international joining up with The Saints the next day.
The young midfielder has struggled to make an impact since becoming Bryan Robson's first signing at the club 13 months ago, and the Baggies' manager feels Chaplow will benefit from regular football.
"Chappy is going down to Southampton to play some first-team football. I just feel this is important for him," Robson said.
"He has taken a lot of things on board in training from what myself and Nigel Pearson have been asking him to do. Now it's time for him to put those things into practice in matches.
"Chappy hasn't really got the experience at the moment for me to play him in Premiership games. But I do think he is going to develop into a very good player.
"Going to Southampton and playing first-team football is part of his development. Hopefully, he'll come back a better player."
Albion have the option of recalling Chaplow after the initial 28 days of his loan, should they require his services.
The promising youngster, who turned 21 last Thursday, was signed by Robson for a fee of £1.5 million when he moved from Burnley.
However, fierce competition - intensified by Nigel Quashie's recent arrival from Southampton - has restricted him to only four Premiership starts this term.
The player should now go into the Southampton squad to face Reading at The Madejski Stadium on Friday, as George Burley aims to lift his side back into contention for the play-offs.