June 15, 2024

With young homegrown player Tom Fellows leading the way once more, West Bromwich Albion defeated Cardiff City 2-0 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to three games in a row in the Championship.

Within the first minute, Fellows would help the Baggies take the lead. The 20-year-old sensation scored the goal by running down the wing and setting up new signing Mikey Johnston to score.

Carlos Corberan will be hoping for more elite players to come through the U21 ranks in the same way as Fellows, as he has won over the West Brom supporters with two goals and one assist since moving up from the youth setup this season.

The Spanish manager might find another talented winger in a young kid who looks a lot like the Baggies’ number 31, and he might soon be pounding on the door for opportunities in the first squad.

18-year-old Akeel Higgins is thrilling everyone at West Brom with what he may accomplish for the first squad in the future. This season, he has mostly played down the right wing for the U21s, the same position that Fellows now shines from in the senior fold at the Hawthorns.

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Higgins has made 12 appearances in the Premier League 2 this season, scoring one goal and dishing out one assist. In three seasons, he has totaled ten goals and three assists for the Baggies at the U21 level.

Due to his outstanding play in the minor team, Higgins was handed a 45-minute run-out for West Brom against Aldershot Town in the FA Cup. It was a proud moment for the teenage sensation.

The next challenge for the right winger will be making his way into the first team. Initially hailed as a “bright” attacker by U21s head coach Richard Beale, Higgins made his debut with the U18s, scoring three goals in just eight games during the 2022–2023 season.

With an eye toward following in the 20-year-old’s footsteps when the time is appropriate, Higgins will take solace from Fellows’ smooth transition this campaign.

 

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