Tony Pulis praised the Baggies’ young guns despite their surprise cup exit to Northampton as Kane Wilson stands on the cusp of history.
The 16-year-old defender could become the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Premier League after making his debut in the shock EFL Cup penalty shoot-out defeat on Tuesday.
Wilson, born in March 2000, replaced Everton loanee Brendan Galloway as Albion lost 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra-time at Sixfields.
Despite Albion’s exit, Pulis was pleased with his youngsters as 18-year-old Sam Field also made his first start.
“When Kane came on he showed some promise and that’s a bonus for us,” he said. “Kane was smashing. They are two young lads who have come through the academy and they were brilliant.
“Brendan also did well at left-back, he showed great promise and wanted to get forward. He has got a good left foot and Sam in midfield was exceptional especially as they are young lads and not used to the tempo of these games.”