Tony Pulis knew just what a talent he had on his hands in young West Brom midfielder Sam Field.
The Welshman described his teenage academy graduate as ‘fantastic’ when he impressed in a rare start against Burnley back in May, per the Birmingham Mail. It’s a little strange, then, that it took until Pulis’ sacking this week for Field to be handed his chance again after three months out of the side.
Caretaker boss Gary Megson gave the 19-year-old his first start since August, as West Brom picked up a hugely creditable 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
A composed and mature central midfield performance made Field the toast of Twitter – and the fact that he outshone Spurs’ very own highly-rated homegrown midfielder, Harry Winks, shouldn't be overlooked.
And on this evidence, it’s clear why Leeds should consider renewing their interest in Field during the January transfer window. The Birmingham Mail reported that the England Under-20 ace rejected the chance to move to Elland Road on loan at the start of the year because he wanted to fight for his place at The Hawthorns.
Central midfield remains an area of concern for some Leeds supporters with Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane yet to truly convince on a regular basis. And while Field is both young and inexperienced, his confidence in possession and tactical awareness means he should have no trouble adapting to life in a lower league.
Leeds have taken some of England’s brightest talents on loan in recent years and been disappointed. But if Field’s standout display at Wembley is anything to go by, he could thrive where Ross Barkley, Andros Townsend and co failed.