Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim follow West Brom star Reyes Cleary… with the 17-year-old already being compared to Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku
- Reyes Cleary has impressed for West Brom Under-18s and in Premier League 2
- The striker scored both of the Baggies’ goals against Chelsea U18 in August
- Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim watched it then and are still interested
- Cleary’s physical approach has led to him being compared to Romelu Lukaku
Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim watch the prodigious young West Bromwich Albion striker Reyes Cleary.
The 17-year-old has attracted the attention of Bundesliga club scouts after impressing for Albion’s U18 and Premier League 2.
They were represented when he scored twice in Albion U18’s 5-2 defeat to Chelsea in August and they have kept watch.
West Brom striker Reyes Cleary has caught the attention of Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim
Louie Barry is just one of many promising players who recently left Baggies academy
He has already scored six goals in four games this season, but has yet to sign his first professional contract with the Hawthorns.
Albion has an impressive track record of producing top homegrown talent in recent years, but has seen some move away due to offers from rival clubs or concerns about the career path.
Bundesliga clubs have stepped up their scouting of English clubs and with great success, with some top English prospects tempted to move up to the first team earlier in Germany.
Cleary’s physical style has compared him to £97.5million Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku
Cleary is one of Albion’s newest top talents, attracting the attention of Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Schalke, who have all had staff keeping an eye on his shows this season.
It is also clear that there is interest from Premier League clubs and some from Italy.
Cleary is a fast, powerful attacker for his age with an eye for goal. Compared in style to Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, he finished last season as Albion’s top goalscorer in the U18 Premier League, scoring eight goals in 15 appearances and being described by Albion’s U18 coach Peter Gilbert as ‘an excellent finisher’.