WBA's Jonathan Leko outlines targets for next campaign, describes this season's highlights

West Bromwich Albion's Jonathan Leko in action

The West Brom starlet impressed at the end of last season, and agreed a new contract this week.

West Bromwich Albion's Jonathan Leko in actionWest Bromwich Albion's Jonathan Leko in action

West Bromwich Albion's hugely talented young attacker Jonathan Leko this week signed his first professional terms in football, ensuring his future remains at the Hawthorns, and the 17-year-old opened up to the Baggies website on his thoughts for the season just gone, and his hopes for the coming campaign. 

Leko, who was named the club's Young Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season, made his professional debut early in the season in the League Cup defeat to Norwich City. He revealed his delight at signing a contract at West Brom and an eagerness to push on next season.

"I'm delighted to agree my first professional contract," he told wba.co.uk.

“I just want to kick on now and start next season how I finished the end of last season and play well.

“I wouldn’t have thought I would have done what I did last year, especially towards the end of the campaign. I just want to kick on and keep playing, hopefully get more starts.

“My personal highlight was probably between setting up Salomon against Liverpool and my first start against West Ham, if I had to pick one, it would be Liverpool and setting up Rondon for his goal - that was the best."

Liverpool's Brad Smith and West Brom's Jonathan Leko in actionLiverpool's Brad Smith and West Brom's Jonathan Leko in action

And Leko added that he hopes to get on the scoresheet next year as part of his inevitable development.

“My targets for next season are to maintain my levels," he added. "Go again, and I want to try to score a goal, that would top it off, if I score it would be a highlight.”

The forward only made his Premier League debut in April, when he came on late in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland still just 16, but he went on to claim a regular spot in Tony Pulis's match day squad for the remainder of the season. 

Leko ended the season with five league appearances, including starts in the Baggies last three matches, and he assisted Salomon Rondon's goal in the final day draw with Liverpool.

It as sure a sign as any that West Brom boss Pulis sees the England Under-17 player as part of his first-team squad, one of a number of new talents to graduate from the academy.

Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels in action with West Brom's Jonathan LekoBournemouth's Charlie Daniels in action with West Brom's Jonathan Leko

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