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Under-23s live on YouTube tonight

Albion take on Leicester City this evening.

By Matt Bishop • 24 September 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Evan Ferguson has four goals in five Premier League 2 outings so far this campaign.

Albion under-23s will be hoping to return to winning ways tonight in Premier League 2 when they host Leicester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, kick-off 7pm.

Andrew Crofts' side suffered their first league defeat of the season on Saturday when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Manchester United at Leigh Sport Village Stadium.

Lorent Tolaj's second goal in as many matches looked to have secured a point for Albion, who went behind to Anthony Elanga’s penalty, but Zidane Igbal won it for the hosts in stoppage time.

The result dropped Albion down to third in PL2, but they remain five points clear of Friday night’s opponents, who currently sit ninth.

The Foxes, who drew their opening two matches and lost to Crystal Palace in their last away game, have won once this season, beating Everton 3-1 in their most recent outing.

Crofts said, “It will be another real tough test as Leicester are on the back of a good win. They play with high energy and high intensity but it’s a challenge we’re really looking forward to.

“Our performance against United was pleasing but the manner of the defeat was tough to take. The lads were really disappointed because they knew they deserved at least a point, or to even win the game.

“We didn’t deserve to suffer like that but that feeling will aid the squad’s development. As much as you don’t want to feel that, they will now fight hard to not have that feeling again anytime soon.

“I’m excited every time the boys step on the pitch but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing how they react.”

Despite last weekend’s disappointment in the league, it was another positive week in the Carabao Cup as two more members of Albion’s under-23 squad made their first-team debuts.

By Paul Hazlewood
Ed Turns made his professional debut in the 2-0 win over Swansea City in the Carabao Cup.

Central defender Ed Turns played the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 win against Swansea City, while attacking midfielder Jeremy Sarmiento impressed after coming on for the final 20 minutes.

Marc Leonard, was made his senior debut in the previous round against Cardiff City, also shone in midfield, and Crofts said, “It was another proud night for myself and the staff. To see Ed, Jeremy and Marc again flourish in that environment was excellent.

“The lads were buzzing the next day. Credit to the first-team staff to allow our young players these opportunities. It’s such an exciting time to be a young player at our club.

“They are getting so many opportunities and they are taking them. Their performances were really pleasing and hopefully Wednesday invigorates them to want even more.”