This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Slaven Bilic could have an almighty job on his hands this summer in order to undo where West Brom went wrong in 2018/19.
The Baggies, of course, failed to achieve promotion at the first time of asking and are now left staring at what may be a more difficult second term in the Championship.
Luke Dowling has confirmed that the club will have a kitty to spend this summer but final decisions will be made by Bilic.
However, with Albion looking to cut back on wages, they should choose to make use of their excellent youth academy and bring through their young starlets to help them keep down player salaries – rather than having to negotiate lucrative terms with potential new recruits.
It would be a cunning tactic to put into operation, so here are three players who should be involved…
The star of Albion’s FA Youth Cup run last campaign, scoring four times in four games, Soule is one of the leading lights of their flourishing youth system.
There are several excellent young attackers coming through the ranks but the 18-year-old is arguably one of the best, finding the net 14 times in all competitions at youth level in 2018/19.
The 16-year-old has already had a taste of first-team action, playing in the FA Cup last term and therefore he’ll likely be relishing a further opportunity to get his paws stuck into senior football.
A winger by trade, the exciting youngster scored 13 goals and claimed a further seven assists for the U23s and U18s last season.
He is one of the best talents to come through their academy and with Albion lacking genuine options in wide areas, he could be a useful asset for Bilic.
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A left-field pick, Wilson could also benefit from the lack of options West Brom have in wider areas of the pitch.
The 19-year-old right back spent the second half of last season on loan with fellow academy star Dara O’Shea at Exeter, featuring 17 times for the League Two outfit.
At the moment, the Baggies’ only option on the right side of defence is Allan Nyom. There’s no guarantee he’ll stay after spending last season out on loan and with his contract due to expire next summer, but they have been linked with Carl Jenkinson and Sam Byram.
Could Wilson be used as back-up? It certainly seems like a viable option.