West Brom forward admits being lost for words at Premier League involvement

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Jonathan Leko made his league debut for the club in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

West Bromwich Albion teenager Jonathan Leko has told the club's official website of how he is "lost for words" after coming on for his Premier League debut in the goalless draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

The 16-year-old Congolese-born forward became the first player born in 1999 to feature in the English top flight when he was brought on for striker Saido Berahino in the 78th minute at the Stadium of Light.

Leko had previously made an appearance for the senior side as a substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to Norwich City in September, but had barely been around the matchday squad in the league before this weekend.

He spoke of his delight at fulfilling a lifelong ambition so early in his career, but admitted he was stunned to hear his named called by Pulis after being sent out to warm up.

Leko told the club's official website: "I’m lost for words really. I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and now I can say that I have done that, so I am really happy.

"I wasn’t sure at first if the gaffer was calling me or not, but once I realised he was shouting my name I was shocked. He told me to keep my shape and to also try and do something good going forward.

"The tempo was so high and a lot different to what I am used to in Under-18 and Under-21 football. I just tried to enjoy it and get on the ball as much as I could. I’d love to try and get more games in the Premier League and more experience now I have had my first taste of things."

Leko's league debut may have been facilitated to some degree by the fact that Albion have climbed clear of relegation danger and into the safety of mid-table in recent weeks.

Pulis' side's disappointing defeat at home to Norwich last time out was their only loss in the last six matches, form which has seen the Baggies rise to 11th in the Premier League table.

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