BT Sport's Nigel Spackman wowed by West Brom youngster Tom Fellows

West Brom wide man Tom Fellows impressed for the Under-18s in the FA Cup semi-final defeat against Aston Villa on Friday.

Fellows was deployed at right-wing by manager Peter Gilbert and he was a nuisance throughout the match thanks to his speed and skill.

BT Sport pundit Nigel Spackman was impressed with his showing, particularly in the first-half, picking him out as one of Albion’s best attacking players.

In BT Sport 2’s coverage of the game, Spackman said, “He’s got the pace and the trickery to open Aston Villa up.

“He’s looked quite bright down the right-hand side. He’s making things happen for West Brom.”

Big Sam in attendance

Fellows performed well in the cup clash and he will be hoping he made a big impression on Sam Allardyce.

It was interesting to see the Baggies manager watching from the stands.

It could hint that he is preparing to give some of the youngsters a run out in our three remaining league games, now we do not have anything to play for.

There could be a long-term meaning behind his attendance, too.

Allardyce refused to fuel speculation on his future in his Friday press conferences but watching the youngsters play could mean he is thinking about the future of the club.

And if he likes what he saw, that may even encourage him to stay.

We may be reading into things a little too much but it is still good to see our manager taking an active interest in all areas of the club.

And it would be nice to end this dismal season by seeing a few of the kids in action for the first-team.

In other West Brom news, a long-serving player is set to exit West Brom next week.

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