Albion prospect Adil Nabi, named Young Player of the Year at the Asian Football Awards, can’t wait to follow the example of pal Saido Berahino.
The pair have grown up together at The Hawthorns with Nabi joining the first-team group on the pre-season tour before a cruciate ligament injury put him out until the new year.
Berahino’s exciting breakthrough has been just the spur the 19-year-old Nabi has needed for his recovery.
“He’s been fantastic,” said the 19-year-old. “We’ve grown up at West Brom from a young age and he is a fantastic footballer.
“He took his chance, he’s moving forward and now he has to just keep progressing.
“Hopefully now when I come back in March or April, or whenever it is, I’m going to follow in those footsteps as well. It can only help you as an individual to see that happening so I’m confident. Obviously my injury is a bit of a dampener.”
Head coach Steve Clarke was in the audience to see Nabi receive his award at a ceremony allied to the FA’s 150th anniversary.
“I’m very proud and it’s a great achievement for me, for my family and great awareness for Asian players and Asian people in the community,” Nabi said.