With only a couple of days to go in the summer transfer window of 2018/19, although permanent deals have been prohibited, loan moves are still open and Paul Smyth seems a likely departure.
Following the arrival of Tomer Hemed and Nahki Wells from Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley respectively, the 20-year-old has naturally found himself down the pecking list and for the sake of his continued development it makes all the sense in the world to get him out on loan for some regular game time.
West London Sport have suggested that manager Steve McClaren has indicated the youngster will be on his way in the next few days and they believe League One side Portsmouth are a possible destination.
If there is anything in this, I see no reason to wait for deadline day just get him out and let him start acclimatising with his new colleagues as it will help him hit the ground running. The concern is squad depth if injuries start hitting, but even if we let him out for the season we can recall him in January.
Still seems a better option than trying to shoehorn 20 minutes into him as a substitute on occasions as he’ll get little from our youth setups now.