When James Shan was made caretaker manager of West Brom after the sacking of Darren Moore, one of the focuses for the 40-year-old will have been on developing some of the club’s younger players.
Shan had been in charge of the U23 squad over recent years so the likes of Rekeem Harper and Kyle Edwards are players familiar to the Birmingham born coach.
And it’s something that’s been evident, particularly with Edwards. Amid the off-field issues surrounding a new manager, he has offered a glimpse of where West Brom are going in the future.
Considering the club haven’t had a proper vision after dismissing Moore, it’s a rare sighter. But under Shan, West Brom should be looking long term and to players like Edwards.
The 21-year-old has been a bit part of the first team this season but has showed steadied progression with Shan despite playing in just three matches since he arrived.
During that time, he’s scored his first Baggies goal and arguably received the biggest baptism of fire imaginable considering what’s been going on at the club.
However, he appears undistracted by the managerial circus that has surrounded the Hawthorns.
The future still seems unclear for West Brom as a whole, but with Rodgers, there are encouraging signs.
His impact in the limited game time he’s received is mightily impressive. A winger by trade, he may find it difficult to start many games if West Brom now revert back to a three-man defence but he’s the perfect impact substitution.
Having amassed the number of dribbles he has in just 192 minutes should be exciting for Baggies supporters and he’s the type of young player that can get you off your seat, regardless of the score, such is his ability on the ball.
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He’s got an eye for a pass and if he adds more goals to his game he’ll become a frightening proposition.
We know he can score too, having grabbed five in eight Premier League 2 outings this term. It’s now about transferring that to senior level.
A new lease of life at West Brom has been needed in recent weeks and he’s one of the players who’s capable of producing it. Players like him may just keep Shan long term too.