After getting relegated from the Premier League last year, West Brom are now firmly in the race to win promotion back to the top flight immediately, with Valerien Ismael’s side currently third in the Championship table with 32 points on the board from 17 games.
One man who has played a significant part in West Brom’s current campaign is Matt Phillips, who has appeared in all but one of their league games, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the process whilst playing across a number of attacking positions but predominantly as a right winger.
As Phillips has now hit the age of 30, there’s every possibility that the Midlands club could be looking to bring in a new attacking player at some point in the future when the Scotland international eventually leaves.
With this in mind, the Baggies could already have their ideal successor to the winger, who has 26 goals and 26 assists in 188 appearances for the club – namely 18-year-old prodigy Tom Fellows.
As a product of West Brom’s youth academy, the teenager has made 35 appearances for their under-18 side, scoring 12 goals and providing nine assists along the way. Fellows has also made 10 appearances for the under-23 side, with one goal and two assists to his name, highlighting his attacking talents.
The youngster has had a taste of senior football at The Hawthorns with one appearance under his belt for Ismael’s side, which came during their 6-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Despite the disappointing result, the match against Mikel Arteta’s side saw Fellows earn a respectable overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him one of West Brom’s highest-rated players on the night according to SofaScore.
Fellows has also been highlighted in the past by under-18 boss Peter Gilbert for having “physical aspects which can hurt teams, no matter which position he plays in”. That suggests that he has what it takes to become a versatile player across the pitch in the same way that Phillips has this season, as well as a real attacking danger given the number of goals and assists he has racked up at youth level.
Looking ahead to the future, even though Phillips put pen to paper on a new deal at West Brom which will keep him at the club until 2024, his presence and experience could really help Fellows develop his game so thar he can eventually grow into a long-term replacement for the 30-year-old, thus saving the club millions in potential transfer fees.