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Kevin Phillips claims Cardiff City youngster Kieron Evans could take the Championship by storm next season if he joins West Brom and they’re relegated from the Premier League.

According to WalesOnline, the Albion are “actively monitoring” 19-year-old Evans, who is also on the radars of Burnley, Newcastle and Sheffield United.

Evans, an attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing and has played for the Wales Under-19s team, is reportedly a very highly rated prospect in the Cardiff academy but is yet to earn a first-team appearance for the Championship club.

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While Phillips admits he’s not heard of the teenage ace, he believes West Brom will know enough about him to be able to put faith in their reported decision to pursue him.

“I don’t know anything about this kid but I would imagine that’s them having one eye on the Championship for next season,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“It’s a fairly cheap option and he might come in and take the league by storm.

“The recruitment department will advise and they’ll do their homework so that for me is one for next year in the Championship.”

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Evans is very much an unknown entity for those outside the walls of Cardiff City but that doesn’t mean he’s not someone who we can be excited about.

Cardiff’s academy has produced some top young players over the years with Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey perhaps the pick of the bunch.

While we don’t expect Evans to hit the heights Ramsey has done in his glittering career, a promising young attacking midfielder wouldn’t go amiss at The Hawthorns if West Brom can strike a deal in the summer.

We doubt he’d be anywhere near to being a first-team mainstay due to the fact he’s yet to play for Cardiff’s senior team but as young players go, WalesOnline’s report about Evans makes him sound very promising.

In other West Brom news, Kamil Grosicki has confirmed a major update on his future at The Hawthorns.

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