Carlos Corberan, the head coach of Albion, acknowledges that the promising young talent, Tom Fellows, is under consideration for a starting spot in the match against Queens Park Rangers tomorrow, following his impressive performances as a substitute in recent games.
The 20-year-old academy graduate, who plays as a quick and direct winger, stood out for the Baggies during their recent match against Plymouth Argyle at The Hawthorns, even though the game ended in a forgettable 0-0 draw.
Fellows has consistently shown his potential in his recent appearances off the bench, particularly in the match against Birmingham prior to the international break. This comes as Albion is dealing with a shortage of attacking options due to injuries.
Corberan emphasized the importance of utilizing the players they currently have when their offensive resources are limited. He highlighted Tom Fellows as a positive aspect of their attacking play and commended his contributions.
When asked if Fellows is vying for a starting role in the upcoming game against Queens Park Rangers, Corberan expressed that he would assess the situation and consider the player’s development. He believes that young players often need confidence-building experiences as substitutes and that playing against opponents with some minutes already on their legs can be different from starting fresh. Corberan acknowledged Fellows’ readiness to contribute to the team, whether as a substitute or in the starting lineup, emphasizing that the youngster has demonstrated his potential as a valuable option.
Fellows previously showcased his skills during the pre-season after returning from a season-long loan at League Two’s Crawley Town last year. Corberan decided not to send him and central defender Caleb Taylor out on loan again this season, as he believed they were essential to bolster the squad, especially when injuries occur.
In the match against Plymouth, the first half was dominated by Plymouth, who came close to scoring, hitting the woodwork and being denied by Alex Palmer. Albion showed improvement in the second half but failed to find a breakthrough.