West Brom returned to match action at the weekend as they defeated AFC Telford 4-3 in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Per journalist Matt Wilson, Oliver Burke, Jay Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu were all on the scoresheet, whilst talented teenager Morgan Rogers also found the net.
#wba beat AFC Telford 4-3 in a behind-closed-doors training game today. Burke, Rodriguez, and Robson-Kanu among the goals
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) July 6, 2019
The 16-year-old is clearly one of the most talented players currently playing in the academy at the moment, having already featured for the first team in the FA Cup last term.
And as a result of his goal at the weekend, Albion supporters have taken to Twitter to discuss the future of the young prodigy.
One fan made reference to Louie Barry, who has just recently departed the Hawthorns, suggesting that Rogers was closer to first-team action. Meanwhile, another supporter was keen to avoid a similar situation, urging the club to tie him down to a professional contract.
Another 16-year-old, Barry was offered new terms but rejected them as speculation mounts surrounding a move to Barcelona.
The academy has been a topic of heated debate in recent times and fans were quick to offer their thoughts once more as one supporter was concerned he’d leave as soon as he starts turning in good performances.
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Here’s how some of the debate played out.
People go on about Barry but this guy is closer to first team action than most…
The kids a Big Albion fan as well ????
— Dave Chall (@theboychalloner) July 7, 2019
If players like Rogers, Jamie Soule etc dont get more game time they will all leave like Barry has done and who would blame them.
— AdKido44 (@AdKido44) July 7, 2019
He turns 17 at the end of this month – I hope he is given a professional contract! We don’t want another Louie Barry situation.
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) July 7, 2019
Serious talent there he won young player of the year for West Brom I think,and Scores quite alot and he’s a cracking player on football manager.
Defo worth Calling up to the first team, remember slacken gave oxford a chance at West Ham maybe he will give Rogers the chance
— Electric Mudki’c SLAVEN BILIC’S BARMY ARMY ?? (@ElectricMudz) July 7, 2019
And then when he’s performing well and getting rave reviews the vultures will come swooping down to steal him away… textbook lol
— Stuart WBAFC Page (@stuartp2k14) July 7, 2019
Keep saying but we got great kids hope we keep soule Tulloch Rodgers Ferguson as well as the likes of harper in the squad already. Bring them on this year and add maybe another 5 to the squad providing we keep the rest. With Bilic we can have a big season
— Luke Stokes (@lukestokes84) July 7, 2019