West Brom produce many a talented player through their impressive academy setup, but they usually find it hard to keep hold of their very best options.
As we’ve very much seen in recent years with the likes of Nathan Ferguson, Izzy Brown and Tyler Roberts all departing the Hawthorns for little or no money at all.
However, that is not always the case, as seen with former U23 striker Marcus Forss, who handed the Midlands outfit a cruel reminder of what could’ve been on the international stage this week.
The 21-year-old was released by the club in 2017 with then-manager Tony Pulis deeming the forward to not be good enough to make the step-up into the senior side.
But how has he gotten on since?
Forss soon joined Championship side Brentford, which should be a damning sign considering just how well they recruit players – Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Rico Henry to name just a few.
He started out in the B team, where he scored 21 goals in his maiden campaign, before being promoted into the first-team and sent out on loan to League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.
The young striker would continue his rich form, bagging 11 goals in just 19 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
He has now taken his senior Bees tally to a total of nine goals, with six coming in all competitions this season, so he’s certainly starting to make his mark alongside their summer arrival, Ivan Toney.
Forss has even announced himself on the international stage, bagging on debut against World Cup winners France as Finland defeated them 2-0 at the Stade de France on Wednesday night.
His form has now caught the eye of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, another true sign of West Brom making a catastrophic mistake over his talents, as you only have to look at how Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, and now Jude Bellingham have done for them in recent seasons.
In a window that Albion spent a desperate £15m on Karlan Grant, they could have perhaps had a long-term solution if only Pulis gave him a little bit of faith.
AND in other news, 43 y/o a worthy candidate to succeed Bilic at West Brom…