By Joe Ellis

14th May, 2022 | 10:10am

West Brom U23 cup final heroics may have earned Ted Cann his last chance

West Brom Under-23s had to go all the way to penalties to win the Premier League Cup on Friday (13 May) against bitter Black Country rivals Wolves.

Quevin Castro and Mo Faal scored the Baggies goals on the night that went the distance but it was Ethan Ingram who rifled the winning spot-kick into the back of the net.

That success couldn’t have been possible though without some truly heroic saves from Albion goalkeeper Ted Cann who has recovered from a poor loan spell at Telford to be a cup winner at The Hawthorns.

The 21-year-old stood firm against a very talented Wolves side to be able to get his hands on the trophy come full time and he might have even saved his Albion career at the same time too.

A month on loan at Yeovil in the National League towards the end of this season saw him keep two clean sheets in five games but the path to the first team looks to be very congested for him right now.

David Button recently put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at The Hawthorns and 25-year-old Alex Palmer quickly followed him into signing on the dotted line.

That, all of a sudden, means that at best Cann is going to be the third choice once Sam Johnstone has left on a free transfer but this performance on the biggest occasion possible in youth football might just make Steve Bruce take notice.

The boss is probably already on his holidays but when he sees Cann’s ability to step up on the big stage and play out of his skin to keep his side in the game, he might be tempted to get on the phone and extend his deal too.

Next season really needs to be a loan for Cann though, somewhere in the Football League, as Albion also have young Josh Griffiths on their books who has impressed this season at Lincoln City and is a year younger than Cann.

In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley revealed why Taylor Gardner-Hickman was absent from last night’s cup final having played in the semi-final against Fulham.

Be sure to follow West Brom News on Facebook for 24/7 updates on the Baggies plus more exclusive interviews with Kevin Phillips.