The Chalkboard: Field and Edwards’ international recognition proves they must play next season

The monumental rebuild West Brom will have to do this summer is significant. Not only do they need to find a new manager, but they will also require a wealth of new players.

Express & Star have claimed that as many as five first-teamers could leave, chief among those are Ahmed Hegazi, Kieran Gibbs, Craig Dawson, Jake Livermore and Matt Phillips.

Albion are also staring down the barrel of having to cut back their wage bill. At present, it stands at £38m, an amount that simply isn’t affordable for a Championship club. It’s one of the main reasons they won’t be bringing Dwight Gayle back to the Hawthorns next term.

But with plenty of work needing to be completed during pre-season, the Baggies have just been presented with a reason for building the side around two of their most promising young stars.

On the chalkboard

Early this week both Sam Field and Kyle Edwards were called into England’s incredibly successful U20 side for the Toulon tournament this summer. The Three Lions have won the competition three years in a row whilst they were also victorious at the World Cup in 2017.

Their call-ups are further evidence of the glistening youth setup West Brom have and although players like Izzy Brown and Tyler Roberts have come and gone, there are still some exceptional young individuals rising through the ranks.

Rekeem Harper’s contract looks as though it’ll come to an end imminently, with the midfielder failing to agree new terms, so he’ll be another youngster to bite the dust.

Yet, Field and Edwards are two players who the club should now build the team around. With a host of experienced players possibly leaving, there is no better time to put complete faith in the academy.

In terms of the gap between youth team and first team level, it’s felt neglected for too long and as a result, a number of youngsters have packed their bags.

But by building on the international recognition two of their most promising footballers have received, it can lead to a better future for Albion.

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In short, both must get more game time next term. Field was hugely impressive whenever he played during 2018/19, showing composure beyond his years. Edwards, meanwhile, provided glimpses of the quality he possesses in attack during the rare minutes he was afforded.

The fact they’ve been called up for the Toulon tournament tells you all you need to know about how good they are. West Brom must now capitalise on this.