West Brom academy player Kane Wilson has a bright future after impressing in pre-season, according to assistant head coach Dave Kemp.
The 16-year-old has been part of the first-team set-up on the club’s summer training camps in Austria and the Netherlands and was given 45 minutes in both the recent friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain and Vitesse Arnhem.
Kemp says the youngster has caught the eye but warned there is plenty of development still to come from him.
He told the Express & Star: “You’re bringing him into the group to see how he copes and how he is. He’s only a young lad and this will be good for him and hopefully, as his career advances, this will be good experience for him.
“He’s a right-back, 16, and he played against Vitesse Arnhem in a big stadium. Not bad is it? That’s a large step forward for him. He was playing schoolboy football this time last year. Now he’s playing in a big stadium in Holland. It’s good for his future.”
However, Kemp added: “But you don’t give anybody anything. We’re playing at the top end of professional football and players have to earn it.
“Even young players, you don’t just give someone a go because you do them a favour. People have to earn the right to play with the best players.”