West Bromwich Albion have been handed a major injury boost regarding Quevin de Castro.
In recent comments cited by the Express & Star, Baggies boss Valerien Ismael confirmed that the 20-year-old midfielder has returned to first-team training after suffering a shoulder injury two weeks ago.
The Frenchman went on to state his belief that the Portuguese youngster has a tremendous amount of potential, and, after highly impressing in training with the club, hinted that Quevin could be playing first-team football at The Hawthorns before too long.
Ismael said: “He came back into training last week. Quevin has a lot of quality. He has a lot of principle, aggression for the six position, he’s on the front foot.
“Technically he is very good, he’s a young player who needs to learn a lot but he plays a part in our process. He needs to learn, but in that position he’s got great players in front of him to learn from.
“It’s just a question of time with him, when we will see him. I want to see him as well in the games, so at some point he’ll have to play to make sure that our feeling with him is the right feeling.”
“He’s impressed, he’s very young. I was really surprised when he told me his age. But it’s not about age. It’s about whether you’re able to play like we want, to put the principles on the pitch.
“We want to see that, and if so then it doesn’t matter whether you are 18, 19, 30, 33, you’ll play. That was the message from me and my staff from the guys – it was all about the focus on us, on our philosophy and principles. We need players who are ready to go with us. Quevin is part of the process.”
With central midfield being appearing to be something of a problem area for Ismael, with the Frenchman only being able to rely upon the likes of Jake Livermore, Alex Mowatt and Romaine Sawyers in the position, the latter of whom has been heavily linked with a move away from the club this summer, the manager’s comments regarding the return from injury of Quevin, as well as the midfielder’s impressive performances on the training pitch, is sure to have fans buzzing.
Indeed, while the 6 foot 4 talent does not have much first-team experience to speak of, the fact the midfielder has spent time in both the Arsenal and Chelsea academy in recent years would certainly appear to suggest that he has the potential to go on and have an extremely successful career in the game.
And, with Ismael being well-known for his impressive development of youth prospects, it would not surprise us at all to see Quevin in and around Albion’s matchday squads in the not too distant future, an eventuality that is sure to delight fans of the club.