West Brom's most impressive teenage performer this season won't have a chance to add to his growing reputation this weekend, as Romelu Lukaku is ineligible to play against his parent club. However there will still be plenty of young talent on show for both sides, and there is even a possibility that one the Midlands club's most exciting young prospects could make a first appearance in the Premier League.
Izzy Brown has been named in West Brom's 16 man squad for the match, with a slew of injuries leaving Steve Clarke with few options in his midfield. In addition to Brown, 21 year old Romaine Sawyers could be involved in the game due to lack of available players. West Brom's small squad can lead to these kind of issues, but does also give a big opportunity to talented youngsters, and Brown could be the latest to benefit from that.
The 16 year old has risen through West Brom's youth ranks rapidly, and is now playing in their U21 side having joined the club three years ago. Brown also plays for England's U17 side, recently scoring his first goal. Despite his youth, Brown's reputation is such that he is being linked with top clubs around Europe already, with Arsenal reportedly mulling over a £1 million bid for his services.
If he does get the chance to play this weekend, he will be part of a West Brom side aiming to add to the discontent at Stamford Bridge. Rafa Benitez's midweek tirade against the fans and board at the club has led to plenty of speculation that he might not even see out his interim contract at Chelsea, and West Brom have a history of finishing off managers on the brink at Stamford Bridge.
Both Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo's last league game was a defeat to the Midlands side, and Steve Clarke, who has a great history with Chelsea, will be well aware that his team could finish off a third Blues manager in two seasons by completing a league double over his former employers on Saturday.
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