West Bromwich Albion could have finally given a young player his first taste of senior action in Monday's clash with Chelsea.
West Bromwich Albion’s 3-0 victory against Chelsea on Monday evening will go down as arguably the best Baggies’ best result of what has been a good campaign overall.
Tony Pulis has transformed this West Brom side from relegation candidates to a side that can give the newly-crowned Premier League champions a good battering, but it could be argued the he missed a trick by not giving a promising young player their chance.
Adil Nabi is one of West Brom’s most exciting young players but despite continuing to impress for their under-21s – and now wearing the captain’s armband to boot – the striker is yet to have his first-team debut.
Nabi has scored 13 goals in 22 matches for West Brom’s under-21s this season, more than doubling the amount he had at that level prior to this campaign. And with nothing left to play for except pride, what better chance to blood the forward than against Chelsea?
A place on the substitutes’ bench would have allowed Pulis the chance to bring Nabi on with his side well in control – 3-0 up with half an hour still to play.
As it was, Nabi was left to wait even longer for his senior debut; but at the Hawthorns, with a healthy lead over the champions – what a way that would have been to get his first taste of action at that level.