West Brom teenager Isaiah Brown today set his sights on a first-team debut after admitting his call-up for the trip to Chelsea reduced his mother to tears.
The 16-year-old was included in the squad at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and would have become the Premier League’s youngest player had he played.
Now, despite being an unused substitute, the home-grown Albion midfielder has admitted he has a taste for the first-team scene.
“I just want to get some more first-team experience and hopefully make my debut soon,” he said.
“The gaffer showed a lot of faith in me. I trained with the first team a few times and he said I’d done well, so that is a good thing.
“I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully I can get called up more and show the gaffer what I can do.
“My mum was over the moon. She shed a few tears when I told her, and my friends have been buzzing about it.
“I got butterflies when I saw my shirt hanging up. It was something special.
“Getting a first-team shirt and a squad number is what every boy dreams of.
“The experience was amazing.”
“All the boys helped me fit in well and it was amazing to go to a stadium like Stamford Bridge.”
Brown, who was born in Peterborough but joined the Albion academy at the age of 13, is unlikely to figure in the squad to face Swansea on Saturday with Goran Popov back from suspension, Romelu Lukaku available again and captain Chris Brunt hoping to shake off an ankle injury.
But his profile has already rocketed after he learned of his inclusion in the Chelsea squad via social media.
“I found out through Twitter,” he said. “People were tweeting me saying ‘well done, you’re in the squad’ and I hadn’t heard anything.
“Steve Clarke then called me in and said I was involved.
“My Twitter followers have gone up massively!”Subscribe to our Newsletter