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West Brom could unearth Ridgewell 2.0 in Zac Ashworth

West Bromwich Albion’s recent win over Blackpool saw a return to a flat back four, as Carlos Corberan masterminded just the club’s second win in 13 Championship games.

It also saw a whole host of fine performances, with Conor Townsend singled out for particular praise by SofaScore, who handed him a rating of 7.5, only bettered by the matchwinner Okay Yokuslu.

Labelled a “really productive and industrious player” by Chris Lepkowski, the ever-present 29-year-old – who recorded his 138th appearance for the club last night – has continued to impress this season despite the circumstances.

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He is maintaining an average SofaScore rating of 6.84 and has featured in every league game so far.

Whilst something of a late bloomer, having waited until he was 25 to play in the Championship, the Hessle-born ace quickly became a mainstay for the Baggies.

It stood as proof that no matter where you come from or what you have been through if you are good enough the chances will come.

This message will certainly be relayed to Zac Ashworth, who is a talented full-back who will fancy his chances of one day displacing Townsend.

The forward-thinking 20-year-old has made just five senior appearances for West Brom to date, with two of those coming last season in the Championship.

Whilst he has just one goal in seven Premier League 2 appearances so far, last season his return of four assists marked just how creative he could be.

There is a marked similarity between the Wales youth international and former Baggies cult hero Liam Ridgewell, due to their tendency to attack from left-back.

Before Steve Clarke came into the Hawthorns, the 38-year-old had scored once and assisted another in just half a season, following up on an immensely impressive 11 assists during his time at Birmingham. He was poised to be a fine offensive threat, but the somewhat defensive football soon implemented thwarted his time in the Midlands.

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However, with the arrival of Corberan, there are numerous positions that could see Ashworth implemented into the senior squad.

Boasting the ability to play in midfield and centre-back, he draws further similarities with Ridgewell who too featured in numerous positions across his career.

It is a testament to his growth that former boss Steve Bruce, who handed him those league appearances last season, claimed that he had come on “leaps and bounds” and was getting “bigger and stronger”.

With a clear eye for the offensive, and the progressive manager to likely unlock that in him, there is everything in place to ensure Ashworth can far surpass Ridgewell’s short but sweet legacy at West Brom.

Article title: West Brom could unearth Ridgewell 2.0 in Zac Ashworth

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