West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper Josh Griffiths can be recalled from his spell at Portsmouth at any time, according to an update on Twitter from journalist Joseph Chapman.
Albion decided to loan out several players during the summer window despite their lack of depth in some areas, though the goalkeeping department is arguably strong enough at this stage with David Button and Alex Palmer battling it out for a starting spot at The Hawthorns.
Griffiths, meanwhile, is looking to continue climbing up the EFL ladder, spending the 2020/21 campaign in League Two with Cheltenham Town before linking up with Lincoln City in the third tier last season.
And with Pompey’s fast start, he now looks set to be in the third-tier promotion mix with the south coast side, being tasked with filling Gavin Bazunu’s boots following his return to Manchester City and subsequent switch to Southampton.
Already making 10 appearances in all competitions for Danny Cowley’s men this season, he is becoming an integral part of their plans, conceding just six goals in eight league matches and helping to guide his side into the top two.
In a bad bit of news for the third-tier outfit though, the Baggies have the option to recall the stopper straight away, something they don’t have the power to do with others including Alex Mowatt and Cedric Kipre.
At this stage though, it doesn’t look as though he will be called back with Button and Palmer remaining fit at this stage.
Griffiths looks destined to become the Baggies’ number one at some point, with Sam Johnstone’s departure potentially enabling him to grab the number one shirt at The Hawthorns next season.
Where the Baggies are in the football pyramid could be crucial in determining how many senior minutes he gets for Albion next term though, with his performances at Fratton Park also likely to be used to decide on where his future lies next summer.
Although he would probably relish the opportunity to get some minutes under his belt in the Midlands, he is guaranteed a starting spot at Fratton Park and this is why he would be well served spending the entire campaign there.
His time at Pompey will only go on to enhance his CV further and it will then become harder and harder for Steve Bruce or his potential successor to leave him out of the Baggies’ first-team plans.
Some would argue he should have been kept around as a third-choice option with the club opting against replacing Sam Johnstone – but that wouldn’t have been beneficial for his development.
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