England teenager pushing first-team claims

England Under-17 striker Jonathan Leko pushed his claims for a fresh West Brom first-team call-up on Saturday with another assist.

West Brom: England teenager pushing first-team claimsWest Brom: England teenager pushing first-team claims

Leko set up the only goal as England beat Finland 1-0 in their European Championship qualifying group in Leek, days after the teenager had scored and assisted in their 3-1 win over Turkey.

Albion assistant manager Dave Kemp says Leko is one of several Baggies youngsters on boss Tony Pulis’s radar and has hinted that they could be given a chance to impress before the end of season.

The 16-year-old made his West Brom debut as a late substitute in the Capital One Cup defeat to Norwich earlier in the season, but Kemp says Leko could be back in the senior ranks again soon.

He told the Birmingham Mail that Albion staff also have high hopes for Welsh youngster Tyler Roberts, adding that both players were already in the thoughts of Pulis.

“If they earn it theyÂ’ve got every chance of being selected but having said that, that applies all season long,” said Kemp.

“You have to force your way in with displays and how you play.

“They’ve been on the bench for the first team so obviously they’re inching, but the manager’s got to say I’m going to use him.

“You can do it, youÂ’ve just got to show that you have the nous plus the ability and the attitude.

“ItÂ’s not a given just because youÂ’re young and talented, that doesnÂ’t do it.”

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