Kyle Edwards refuses to give up Champions League dream despite West Brom troubles
West Brom midfielder Kyle Edwards says he remains undeterred in his quest to become a top player despite falling out of favour at The Hawthorns.
Edwards, 23, rose to prominence last season in Albion’s successful Premier League promotion push, scoring twice in 26 Championship appearances to secure second place behind Leeds United.
But he’s struggled to get going during the current campaign and he finds himself way down the pecking order under Sam Allardyce, who he has made only one solitary outing under, in a dismal FA Cup defeat to Blackpool on January 9.
He has not even been named in a matchday squad since January 26 but he remains optimistic over his future prospects, as he detailed on ‘The High Press’ podcast [12/04/21].
“It’s tough but that’s how it is in football you just got to get on with it,” he said.
“There’s always going to be someone else there that’s battling to play in your position so you’ve got to do what you can to play.”
He added: “My aim is just to play, try and get games and from that try and push on to the top. I still feel like I’m young so I still feel like I’ve got a lot of time left in the game so I’d obviously like to go on and play Champions League and World Cups.
“I still feel like I’ve got dreams, I don’t feel like my dreams have been killed just yet, I’ve still got time.
“For me the goal is just to go on and play at the top, top level and do whatever I can to get there.”
Tough times indeed
Edwards is certainly aiming high but the prospects of him appearing in the Champions League or a World Cup appear extremely slim as he rots in the reserves at Albion.
His West Brom contract expires in June [Transfermarkt] and a renewal appears far-fetched at the moment.
Maybe events will change if, and when, Albion’s Premier League survival hopes are sealed.
He impressed at times in the Championship and Joseph Masi told Baggies Broadcast in October that Big Sam’s predecessor was a big fan.
“[Slaven] Bilic loves him and thinks he’s got absolutely huge potential,” he said.
But the current boss doesn’t appear to be a fan with Edwards instead found strutting his stuff for the U23s side that are bottom of Premier League 2 (Division 2).
Maybe a new manager a new(ish) league will breathe fresh life into him, but his prospects appear bleak at the moment.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips predicts winner in Albion’s crucial clash v Southampton.