Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim monitoring West Brom starlet compared to Romelu Lukaku

Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim are monitoring West Brom starlet 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 the Baggies’ goals against Chelsea U18s in August 
  • Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim watched him then and are still interested
  • Cleary’s physical approach has led to him being compared with Romelu Lukaku

Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim are watching West Bromwich Albion’s prodigious young striker Reyes Cleary.

The 17-year-old has caught the eye of the Bundesliga clubs’ scouts after impressing for Albion’s U18s and in Premier League 2. 

They were represented as he scored twice in Albion U18s’ 5-2 defeat at Chelsea in August and they have maintained a watching brief.

West Brom striker Reyes Cleary has caught the eye of Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim

Louie Barry is just one of several promising players to have left West Brom’s academy recently

He has scored six goals in four games already this season, but is yet to sign his first professional contract at the Hawthorns.

Albion have an impressive track record of producing top homegrown talent over recent years, but have seen a number move away owing to offers from rival clubs or concerns over career pathway.

Bundesliga clubs have been stepping up their scouting of English clubs and to great effect with a number of top English prospects being tempted by the chance to move into first team football earlier in Germany.

Cleary's physical style has seen him compared to £97.5million Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku

Cleary’s physical style has seen him compared to £97.5million Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku

Cleary is one of Albion’s latest top talents and is drawing attention from Dortmund, Hoffenheim and Schalke who have all had staff monitoring his displays this season.

It is also understood there is interest from Premier League sides and some in Italy.

Cleary is a quick, powerful forward for his age with an eye for goal. Likened in style to Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, he finished last season as Albion’s top scorer in the U18 Premier League, scoring eight goals in 15 appearances and was described by Albion’s U18 coach Peter Gilbert as ‘an excellent finisher’.