There have been some hugely exciting talents to come out of West Brom in recent memory. Izzy Brown now of Chelsea tops the list, but the likes of Jonathan Leko and Saido Berahino are two more players to have risen through the Baggies ranks.
One of the newest prospects currently banging in goals on a regular basis is Jamie Soule. However, whereas Brown left the club and Berahino had significant attitude problems, supporters will be hoping that this 18-year-old talent can be developed with the club fully.
Soule has been phenomenal for the club’s youth sides in 2018/19, playing a major part in the U18’s reaching the FA Youth Cup semi-finals. It was a brilliant effort from the young Baggies who knocked out teams like Everton and Arsenal before coming unstuck against the might of Manchester City.
The forward was one of their standout players throughout the run, scoring twice against QPR and Lincoln in earlier rounds, whilst also netting against Arsenal and City.
Soule was born in 2000, a year that has become rather synonymous with some of England’s best up and coming talents; think Jadon Sancho for example.
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Although he has a long way to go before reaching the Dortmund starlet’s quality, the attributes to succeed at a higher level are certainly there.
He is a willing runner, with his ability to find space in the channels making himself a nuisance for centre-halves. That has been the case time and time again in the FA Youth Cup, with his goal against Arsenal coming from the right before firing underneath the goalkeeper.
His form has stood out in Premier League 2, scoring on an all too regular basis for the U23s too. In eight matches this season at that level, he has six goals.
Soule’s ability to find the back of the net with remarkable consistency is something that excites but there is more to his game than finishing. He is hard working and his sudden burst of acceleration when picking up the ball will be enough to scare defenders at any level.
Whoever is given the permanent managerial job at West Brom simply has to develop Soule and find a way of getting him into the first team.