He didn't start for West Brom because Pullis said he was out of shape and that was confirmed by our coaches when he returned. He was hardly ripping up trees for the U21s, he didn't look great from the little I saw and heard about from mates who watch the U21s.
He's having a great season this year but it's as easier league and there is little we could do to keep him as he wouldn't sign a new contract and he was in his last year of contract. Rumour was that his contract has a release clause so he can to engineer a move to Bayern. Which makes sense as Bayern were also were trying to sign him but we asked them for more money.
Whether he can make a transition to a big team is also a question mark because big teams will expect him to press and track back.