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Jonathan Leko and Rekeem Harper start first games on loan

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion youngsters Jonathan Leko and Rekeem Harper started their first games for their loanee clubs last night.

Jonathan Leko. (AMA)

Leko featured in the Championship for Bristol City in their pulsating 3-3 draw against Wolves, and the 18-year-old winger was praised by the Robins’ coaching staff.

Harper started for Blackburn Rovers in their 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United in League One, but had to come off after half-time with groin problem.

Bristol City assistant head coach Jamie McAllister said Leko ‘brings something different to the team’.

“He’s a real threat in the final third and he caused their defenders real problems,” said McAllister. “They couldn’t deal with him in certain situations, especially in the box.

“He’s strong, he’s got great feet. Chopping one way and going the other.

“We just felt that he could have got shots off more, and tested their keeper. But it was a great, great debut for him.”

Harper’s athleticism was described as ‘frightening’ by Rovers boss and former Albion manager Tony Mowbray.

“Rekeem played instead of Harry (Chapman), Peter (Whittingham) or Ben (Gladwin) who could have played there,” said Mowbray.

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“But his natural athleticism that we have seen in training and the distance he can cover is quite frightening.

“It would have been nice for the kid if he could have put his forehead to the cross in the first-half and scored.

“He felt his groin at half-time and had to come off.”

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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