Tony Pulis comments on hopes for first team additions this season

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

The West Bromwich Albion boss is looking to strengthen the squad via the academy in the coming campaign.

West Brom manager Tony PulisWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has been speaking about his desire to bring more of the club's outstanding youngsters into the first team squad, according to comments in the Express and Star.

Saido Berahino has emerged from the club's academy to become a player worth millions, while Jon Leko impressed at the end of last season.

And the former Stoke boss has implied that he is eager to take a pro-youth approach in the coming season, referencing Leko, Kane Wilson and Tyler Roberts in his comments as possible squad options.

“Hopefully we can integrate three or four of them [young players] this year and keep them with us,” Pulis is quoted as saying by the Express and Star.

“Or if we decide they’re not going to get games, then get them out and get them playing. Kane’s done well since he’s come with us, we’ve been really pleased with him.

“Tyler’s done well when he’s come on too.

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

“Obviously Jon did well last year so there are some good kids in the academy.”

The Welshman gave several of the Baggies' talented academy prospects game time in the Premier League last season.

Winger Leko was heavily involved at the end of the season, while striker Roberts and midfielder Sam Field made their debut in the last day of the season draw against Liverpool.

This summer, those above, as well as Wilson, Jack Fitzwater and Kyle Howkins have all featured for the first team as Pulis evaluates his youth options.

Howkins has already spent time at Kidderminster in the Conference, while defender Fitzwater had a month at League One outfit Chesterfield last season. 

West Bromwich Albion's Tyler RobertsWest Bromwich Albion's Tyler Roberts

Next season 17-year-old Roberts, one of the club's top prospects, has already agreed to join Oxford United in League One, and he will likely get plenty of chances as the U's seek to replace Kemar Roofe's goals after his switch to Leeds.

But it still means that there are a host of talents for Pulis to consider bringing into the first team picture, and with the likes of Berahino and now Leko having made the step so successfully in recent years, Baggies fans may get to see at least one new youngster in the senior squad some time soon.

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

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