West Brom youngster Kyle Edwards is thrilled to have made his first-team debut for the Midlands outfit, after having come up through the club’s youth ranks.
The 20 year-old has been at the club since he was six, but made his maiden appearance for the club in August 2018 in the EFL Cup over Luton Town.
Having been at the club for 14 years, Edwards was delighted to have finally made his debut for the Championship club.
“It’s been a long time in the making,” Kyle told West Brom’s official website.
“I’ve been here for ages now so to make my league debut, along with the cup games, is important and exciting.
In his debut, the forward was asked to play right-wing back. Despite being an unnatural position for the player, the Dudley born youngster was just pleased to play for the club.
“I just wanted to impact the game as much as I can. At right wing-back it’s a hard game, up and down. But anywhere I can get onto the pitch I’ll relish!
“To try and find a way into the team is hard. Ask any younger player that. If the gaffer wants me to play there then that’s what I’ll do.
“I’ve learned a lot about the defensive side of the game, as well as how to influence things going forward.
“The other players are helping me with my positioning, movements to get in behind. They all help me each and every day in training. They’re all good to me so thanks to them.”
Last season, Edwards spent time on loan with League Two outfit Exeter City, where he made 17 appearances.
West Brom were relegated from the Premier League last season, but with his former Professional Development coach Darren Moore now manager of the Baggies’ first team, it provides an ideal platform for Edwards to make the transition to the first-team, something he believes he’s earned.
“I feel like I’ve done enough to get into this group. I just have to take my chance when I’m with them every day in training.’’ He added.
“I’m happy and settled now. I had a spell in the first team a couple of years ago but got injured. This is my longest spell there. I’m comfortable and ready to play.
“Having Darren and Jimmy is a big help. They push me to be better. They give me confidence and tell me to express myself.”