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West Bromwich Albion: Bruce can save millions by unleashing Ethan Ingram

West Bromwich Albion saw their under-23 side make history last week by winning their first Premier League Cup after beating Wolves on penalties.

One youngster who ended up playing a crucial part in the game was 19-year-old right-back Ethan Ingram, who scored the winning penalty to secure the trophy for his team.

A product of the club’s youth academy, the teenager has racked up 62 appearances across their under-18 and under-23 sides, chipping in with seven assists and one goal along the way.

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The full-back has made just one senior appearance for the Baggies, which came during their disheartening 6-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup last August.

Deployed at right-wing back, the youngster managed to show glimpses of what he’s capable of against top opposition by making two tackles, winning 10 duels and completing one successful dribble that night.

Described by journalist Josh Bunting as an “aggressive” player who is “good at going up and down from full-back”, Ingram recently revealed that his aim for next season is to push into the first team.

This shows just how determined the full-back is to take the next step in his career and development and really make a name for himself at senior level for his club.

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Taking into account how the likes of Taylor Gardner-Hickman managed to do just that in the recently-concluded season after making 19 Championship appearances following his senior debut against Hull City back in November, the same pathway could well be there for Ingram in 2022/23.

While Darnell Furlong may have the right side of defence all to himself as things stand after making 41 appearances in the league this term, embedding the 19-year-old into the squad as a potential backup option, or as competition for the incumbent right-back, could be the way forward for West Brom.

Looking ahead to the future, with Bruce previously mentioning the possibility of a big transfer overhaul taking place in the summer to try and get the club back to the Premier League, unleashing the Baggies starlet could potentially save the club millions and prove that they may not need to spend too heavily to freshen up their squad.

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