West Brom loanee Jonathan Leko making excellent first impression at Bristol City

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Jonathan Leko was showered with praise by Bristol City's assistant coach after making his first start of a loan move from West Brom.

WBA player Jonathan Leko (r) races away from Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on...

West Brom fans will know exactly what Bristol City assistant coach Jamie McAlliser means when he says loanee Jonathan Leko has ‘something different’.

The 18-year-old made his first start during a temporary spell with the Championship club on Tuesday and stood out as The Robins held high-flying Wolves to a 3-3 draw at Molineux.

Leko, who made his Premier League debut at the age of 16, showed in glimpses exactly why West Brom rate him so highly and why he could even eclipse Izzy Brown and Saido Berahino as the most exciting Baggies academy graduate of the last decade.

Jonathan Leko of West Bromwick Albion moves away from Flo Cuvelier  during the pre season friendly match between Walsall and West Bromwich Albion at Banks' Stadium on July 26, 2017 in...

“He just brings something different to the team,” McAllister said after the game in quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail. “He’s a real threat in the final third and he causes their defenders real problems - they couldn’t deal with him in certain situations, especially in the box.

“He’s strong, he’s got great feet. Chopping one way and going the other.”

West Brom manager Tony Pulis made it clear that he wanted Leko to spend a few months away from The Hawthorns in order to give the skilful winger the chance to build up his experience of regular first-team football.

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

And Leko, who is blessed with extraordinary ability and a street footballer’s sense of showmanship, is likely to get plenty of bums off seats at Ashton Gate.

Like Rakeem Harper and Tyler Roberts, who are also spending time on loan at Blackburn Rovers and Walsall respectively, Leko has an excellent opportunity to prove to Pulis that he is ready to fight for a place in West Brom’s first-team.

The fact that he has ‘something different’ should always stand him in good stead.

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