West Brom starlet Rekeem Harper believes he can offer his manager something different in midfield, and it’s about time Slaven Bilic put more faith in him after his recent outing too.
The 19-year-old recently featured for the first time since their Carabao Cup defeat to Millwall back in September.
Harper put in an industrious showing in the heart of midfield as the Baggies advanced into the fourth round of the FA Cup after defeating league rivals Charlton Athletic 1-0.
The central midfielder has found it hard to find game time under the Croatian this season, playing just six minutes in the league.
Speaking in an interview with the Express & Star, Harper said:
“There’s so much quality in the middle of the pitch. I see it every week.
“If I’m honest, it makes me want to raise my game to show the boss what I can do and what I can offer that’s different to the other midfielders.
“I played a few games last season and this season I wanted to try and kick on. I’ve accepted that it’s part of my journey to have plenty of experienced players ahead of me.
“The team has been doing very well this season and together we are all going for one goal. I’m ready for when called upon. I want to play my part in the team.”
It was indeed Bilic who persuaded the highly-rated youngster to stay at the club in the summer, despite interest from both Juventus and Liverpool, as reported by the Mirror.
And the Baggies boss was left waxing lyrical about him last weekend, claiming that his talent was never in doubt before calling him a ‘big plus’ – possibly in the context of his entire squad.
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It has been the same number of matches since the academy prospect was even named in a matchday squad too, so it’s time for at least a place on the bench because as he says himself, he can offer the side something different to the first-choice duo of Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers.
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