Full debut was a dream come true for Odel

Young defender made his first professional start in FA Cup win over West Brom.

By Charlie Hanson • 11 January 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Odel Offiah made his first professional start for Albion.

Odel Offiah said playing with Albion on FIFA added to his nerves when he started training with the first team.

The 19-year-old played his first professional game on Saturday as Albion defeated West Brom 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup.

“It’s been great training with the first team, learning from the other pros is really good. I was nervous when I first came in as they’re Premier League players who you watch every week, especially as a team that’s doing well.


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“I have played on FIFA with them for so long, it’s a bit surreal the first time going into the training session! But you realise it’s just football.”

Offiah – who has been with Albion since under-15 level – had experienced pros such as Joel Veltman and Shane Duffy guiding him through the win over the Baggies.

“It was a surreal moment when I found out that I was starting, but then I had to get mentally prepared to impress and to play well.

“My family couldn’t be at the game so that was a shame, but my dad said he was buzzing for me. I have been working for that moment for my whole career.

By Paul Hazlewood
The defender made his debut in the 2-0 win at Cardiff City earlier on this season.

“The game was fast and obviously a lot different to the under-23s, but it was good experience and I will take a lot from it. It was a difficult challenge, but you have to adapt, use your attributes to your advantage and put in a good performance.

“The older heads in the team talked me through the game, told me where to be and where to go and made sure that I did my best.”

Having had a taste of first-team action, Offiah wants to break into Graham Potter’s Premier League squad.

“That would be the dream, but I need to work hard and focus for that to happen,” he added.