Amidst the gloomy waters of a managerial sacking and a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday which saw West Brom 3-0 down after 19 minutes, one player provided a spark and a hope that there is something to look forward to in the future.
And in a situation where you want experienced players to step up and be counted, it was a young prodigy instead who was among the brightest of players from their defeat against Bristol City.
It wasn’t hard to stand out from a Baggies point of view last Tuesday night but if anyone, goalscorers aside, deserved praise then it was Kyle Edwards.
He may have been hauled off at half time as West Brom shifted to a back three to match the Robins’ formation, but there was more to his performance than being the man sacrificed to try and get back into the game.
Kyle Edwards (Bristol City vs West Brom)
88% pass success
1 key pass
3 dribbles completed
(Stats courtesy of WhoScored)
The glimpses we got of Edwards at Ashton Gate were promising, even if West Brom supporters’ minds were focused on slating their board.
Understandably their attentions were elsewhere, as the ridiculous managerial debacle that has arisen after Darren Moore’s sacking took precedence instead.
But in Edwards and other promising youngsters coming through such as Rekeem Harper, there is a glimpse of a positive future at the Hawthorns.
The defence was non-existent and really prevented Edwards from being able to do much at the opposite end. But, the number of successful dribbles he completed in just 45 minutes proved the type of player he is and how he can still be so influential as West Brom look to secure a play-off place.
Despite being hammered in the first half, his performance showed a level of maturity which some of the older heads could have learned from.
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Caretaker manager James Shan had to change something at half-time, though, and it was just unfortunate Edwards was the player that had to make way.