West Brom are faltering towards Premier League relegation and the last-minute Aston Villa goal proved that on Sunday.
With the gap growing bigger to survival, it appears as though the Championship is becoming an inevitability next season.
Sam Allardyce only has five games to save the club, in what seems an impossible task and could be out of his misery much sooner.
The under-18s showed the senior side how it was done on Tuesday evening, and it was Rico Richards at the heart of their success against Everton.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, Joe Chapman was in awe of the young playmaker as fired home yet another cracking goal for this season’s tally.
“Just like that, Albion are level,” he wrote.
“Wonderful footwork from Rico Richards, who receives the ball from Ashworth and plays in Malcolm. The first shot is saved but Richards follows it up and drills it through Leban’s legs.”
Just like that, Albion are level. Wonderful footwork from Rico Richards, who receives the ball from Ashworth and plays in Malcolm. The first shot is saved but Richards follows it up and drills it through Leban's legs. Game on! #wba
— Joe Chapman (@ChapmanJ92) April 27, 2021
With the second-tier calling in the coming months, Richards will want to throw his name into the hat for some first-team action.
The 17-year-old has signed a new contract this season, featured heavily for the under-23s, and even represented England as he continues to improve.
Richards did make the bench in the FA Cup at the start of the season against Charlton, and that was the first hint that he will be featuring heavily in the first-team set up in years to come.
Should Allardyce leave The Hawthorns at the end of the season, the new appointment could be critical for Richards; if he eyes youth development, it could see him feature regularly.
There is nothing to lose after relegation, and with this ageing squad not looking promising, introducing the likes of Richards would be a breath of fresh air.
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