Date: 31st October 2018 at 7:00am
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On Monday afternoon West Bromwich Albion faced struggling locals Aston Villa in our Under 23 competition this year.

It was an incredibly strong side on paper with a number of senior players on display, but the squad also included a number of names fans will be familiar of when it comes to our next generation.

Bond, Mears, Leko, Ferguson, Howkins, Field, Harper, Edwards, Robson-Kanu, Hoolahan, Burke.

Albion took the lead through Hal Robson-Kanu but Villa levelled matters up in the second half to take a point from the game, but it did spark rather an interesting conversation and comments on social media given recent criticisms thrown at both our senior players but also head coach Darren Moore as we fell to back to back Championship defeats.

I think most would accept you can’t overly read into a single game, but equally, there’s plenty of work for West Brom to do and necessary improvements are required despite what I consider to be a very good start to the 2018/19 campaign given where we find ourselves in the table at the moment.

Our youth show promise but we can’t overly rely on them – they should be getting greater game time though to bring them on further, but if that is what Moore has seen regularly – it’s understandable as to why he sticks with the more tried and tested even if fans have issues with some players.

I’m no avid following of our youngsters so can’t overly comment, but it is potentially another side to the selection story.