West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini will assess Hammers starlet Marcus Browne this pre season, according to Claret & Hugh.
The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Chilean will run the rule over the 21-year-old this summer, after he spent a successful loan spell with League One side Oxford United this season.
Goal reported recently that Scottish heavyweights Celtic and Rangers are both interested in signing him on loan, but Pellegrini wants to take a look at the player before making a decision on his future.
This is news that will delight the West Ham faithful. Browne was tremendous with Oxford this campaign and deserves a chance to at least make an impression on Pellegrini in pre season. It’s good news that the Hammers boss is willing to run the rule over his young players before making a decision on them. You never know how good a youngster is going to be for the first team until you put him in there and see what he can do. Pre season is a good opportunity to do that without risking suffering defeat in meaningful games. Browne is clearly in demand, from two huge clubs in Celtic and Rangers, so if Pellegrini decides he’s not quite ready for the Premier League then he can simply send him out on loan to play for one of the biggest clubs in world football. That would be a step up in the standard of football he was playing with Oxford, too. So this is a win-win for both Browne and for West Ham, really.